Students complete the Ways of Seeing: Art History, Curating, and Museums course for three (3) undergraduate credits in art History and curatorial studies to be applied towards undergraduate course work in the Art History major or Curatorial Studies minor in the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective. Modeled on several courses offered to Spelman undergraduate students studying in the Department of Art & Visual Culture, the course introduces the discipline of art history and surveys African American and Western art. Students are introduced to museums and other sites that art may be exhibited including archives and libraries. They learn how curators and other professionals interpret art and other objects entrusted to their care. The changing demands of museum audiences is explored further. Additionally, the matter of diversity in the profession and within the collections and institutions is carefully analyzed to determine how difference, in a broad sense is reflected and shaped by art and museums. Over the month, students prepare to be art historians and/or curators by completing exhibition projects drawn from the High Museum’s collection.
Reading assignments are drawn from several college-level textbooks. Supplementary texts like Sylvan Barnet’s "A Short Guide to Writing About Art" are utilized alongside peer-reviewed websites such as smarthistory.org.