BLPS Curriculum – Art History

The Art History curriculum for the BLS Degree in Liberal Studies requires Undergraduate Core, Major, and Elective requirements and requirement subcategories as illustrated below. The studies of this program are rooted in the analysis and interpretation of culture supported by the liberal arts. Students will examine the human understanding, organization, interpretation and communication of the world.

Program Curriculum

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Area I: Math/Natural Science
1. Finite Mathematics SMMAFM340
2. Introduction to Nutrition FWDNIN305
3. The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table FWFCF300
4. Fairfield online course: Mathematics or Natural Science 1000-level

Area II: History/Social Science
1. Saints and Sinners LARSSS330
2. The Medici Family: A Florentine Dynasty LAHSMF330
3. One of the following courses: Social Media CPMCSM320; Culture Shock: Cross-Cultural Psychology LAPYCS310; Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family FWFSIF320; The Italian-American Experience ISISIA325; Food, Culture, and Society in Italy FWFCFC340
4. Intercultural Communication CPMCCM350
5. Fairfield online course: ANTH 1110 Cultural Anthropology
6. Fairfield online course: COMM 1100 Human Comm. Theories

Area III: Philosophy/Religious Studies
1. World Religions LARSWR300
2. Philosophy and Science in Early Modern Italy LAPLPS315
3. Fairfield online course: RLST 1101 Exploring Religion

Area IV: English/Visual & Performing Arts
1. Introduction to Art History LAAHAH210
2. Florence Sketchbook FAPDFS225
3. Dante Alighieri's Florence: Readings and Cultural Walks ISILDF340
4. Fairfield online course: ENGL 1001

Area V: Humanities Electives
1. Italian language
2. Italian language
3. Fairfield online course: A Humanities Elective (ENGL/HIST/MLL/PHIL/RLST/VPA) 1000-level

Liberal Studies Major Courses

General Area I: Humanities
1. Creative Writing LACWCW300
2. The Age of Heroes: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid LACSAH325
3. Galileo and the Scientific Renaissance LAHSGR340
4. Art Theory and Criticism LAHTC370
5. LAHSSR350 Love, Sex, and Marriage in Renaissance Italy

General Area II: Art & Architecture
1. Italian Renaissance Architecture LAAHAR340
2. Masters of Architecture IDRHMA360
3. Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini LAAHHB350
4. Renaissance Art in Florence LAAHRA320
5. Art and Places: From Renaissance Florence to the Contemporary Metropolis FAAEAP325

Senior Project
Cultural Studies Capstone LAAHCS400

Diversity Courses
1. US Diversity: Intercultural Communication CPMCCM350
2. World Diversity: World Religions LARSWR300

Free Electives

1. Symbols and Symbolism in Western Art LAAHSS250
2. History of Italian Renaissance LAHSIR330
3. Literature of Migration LACLPC355
4. Contemporary Italian Art LAAHCI360
5. Introduction to Art Direction DIVCAD330
6. Sacred Florence Walks LAAHSF300
7. Secret Gardens of Italy LAAHFY320
8. History of Western Civilization from Antiquity to 1500 LAHSWC230
9. Literature of the Grand Tour LACLGT340


Program Objectives and Outcomes


  • Apply curriculum to a deeper understanding of cultural stratification and the co-existence, co-dependence, as well as the differences in world cultures.
  • Expand theory-based knowledge of cultural development and issues through its application to real-world experiences and contexts as required by comprehensive projects that employ critical research and creative expression.
  • Foster the development of academic identity in terms of research approaches and creative expressivity as applied to curriculum requirements.
  • Acquire a specialized knowledge of the complex relationships between culture and society in Italy and Europe, including a focus on the issue of cultural heritage.
  • Gain the ability to assess culture and multicultural societies through critical thinking.
  • Sharpen knowledge of how culture operates and permeates varying levels of society from a local community to a region, nation, and worldwide.
  • Develop awareness of the history, politics, philosophy, and sociological factors that drive and shape culture.
  • Develop the ability to trace and interpret cultural changes and shifts influenced by globalization, technological advances, and world politics.
  • Increase competency related to cultural mediation and analysis.


  • Identification and analysis of culture and cultural issues through critical, well-structured, and creatively compelling forms of expression.
  • Application of cultural knowledge and competency in diverse theoretical and practical sites of learning and research.
  • Development and execution of a variety of projects from concept to outcome, which effectively explore and express cultural issues and debate. Projects should be able to engage different audiences and critical perspectives.
  • Exposure, as required by the curriculum, to diverse operators in cultural sectors including researchers, educators, artists, activists, and representatives of local organizations and institutions.

Career opportunities

  • Education
  • International relations and government
  • Journalism
  • Library and archival sciences
  • Cultural institutions and organizations

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to further pursue studies at the graduate level.