Through courses in art history, studio, and art education, the art department at Muskingum University seeks to foster a liberal arts environment in which the study of art leads to critical thinking, effective and mature expression, ethical sensitivity and spiritual growth.
The mission of Muskingum University is to offer quality academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences in the setting of a residential, coeducational, church-related university and in the context of a caring community where individual fulfillment is encouraged and human dignity is respected. Its primary purpose is to develop—intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically—whole persons, by fostering critical thinking, positive action, ethical sensitivity and spiritual growth, so that they may lead vocationally productive, personally satisfying and socially responsible lives.
The art department creates visually literate individuals through quality courses in the programs of art history, studio, and art education. The department seeks to foster a liberal arts environment in which the study of art leads to critical thinking, effective and mature expression, ethical sensitivity, and spiritual growth. Courses provide both appreciation of and participation in a wide variety of art experiences. The department also presents educational events, gallery programs, and a permanent collection to the University and its surrounding community.
Proficiency in the knowledge and skills acquired in the studio disciplines, coupled with a thorough study of art history, can prepare students for graduate fine arts studies, gallery management, and museum curatorship. The art education program leads to careers in teaching as well as graduate studies. Art, in combination with psychology, prepares students for graduate work in art therapy; in combination with business, it enhances careers in marketing and similar fields. Students interested in communication art should consider combining art studies with Digital Media Design or course work with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as part of special programs linking the institutions. Students interested in art should contact the department chair at least by the first semester of the sophomore year to ensure fulfillment of all requirements for the degree, pre-professional options, the Art Institutes program, and teacher licensure in multi-age visual arts.
The comparison of “whole persons” within the mission statement is reflected in the department mission via “critical thinking, effective and mature expression, ethical sensitivity, and spiritual growth.” The department statement is able to direct the art program with use of the capstone assessment formulas established in 2007.