Outcomes Assessment in Art History

Assessment Coordinator: Dr. Och
Good writing is an essential skill for art historians. The Art History program seeks to strengthen this skill, assessing your development as a writer from declaration of the major to graduation.

The Art History program seeks to document student writing by compiling writing portfolios for students who complete the optional individual study projects and produce what are the program’s equivalent of a “senior thesis.” Such papers are generally of graduate-school caliber and reflect the student’s mastery of research and writing skills.
Each student who signs up for an individual study project submits as a part of that application a writing sample of a paper produced in any 100 or 200 level course (may be in a discipline other than Art History) that was completed prior to the semester in which the Art History major was declared. Together with the final paper for the individual study, these writing samples will measure student progress. The Assessment Coordinator will be happy to meet individually with students to discuss their portfolio of written work.