For more than a decade and a half, Binghamton University has pioneered new approaches to art history. The graduate program in the history and theory of art and architecture was among the first graduate degree programs in the United States to offer opportunities for advanced study and research in a department with a particular commitment to new theoretical perspectives and to interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and global approaches to the history of art, architecture and visual culture. The success of the department in this has been aided by a campus with strong interdisciplinary programs in cultural history, theory and global studies and by University strengths in history, sociology, anthropology and critical theory.
The program aims to foster innovative teaching and research and to develop scholars, teachers, museum curators and planning professionals capable of interpreting the role of art, architecture, visual culture and cultural production in the broadest sense. Because of its programmatic links with other interdisciplinary research centers and graduate programs within the University, the program in the history and theory of art and architecture also offers a unique opportunity to graduate students wishing to undertake innovative studies of a cross-disciplinary nature, with a stress on the development of theoretical and historical perspectives in relation to the visual arts, photography, architecture, planning and the wider built environment, at local, national and global levels.
The program caters effectively to a broad range of students from diverse national backgrounds who wish to pursue careers in research, education, museum and gallery practice and publishing, as well as in related areas in cultural policy, urban design, planning and conservation. Essential to the program is the active working relationship between faculty and students in an integrated community in which students are offered a unique opportunity to engage in advanced studies and research in theory and criticism, the social history of art, feminist interpretations of art, the history and theory of photography, the history and sociology of planning and urban design, and selected periods of art and architectural history, from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque to Modern and Contemporary.
In addition to organizing the department’s cross-disciplinary lectures, workshop and symposia, faculty and students are actively involved in the teaching and conference activities of other interdisciplinary centers and programs, including the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations; Women’s Studies; programs in Philosophy, Literature and Criticism and Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture; Africana Studies; and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies.
SUNY Binghamton is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.