McMaster’s Art History maybe endangered?????

Just saw this in my comment section and thought it desereved its own post!

My name is Adam Belovari and I am a fourth year Honours Art History student at McMaster University. As a student representative for both the Faculty of Humanities and the School of the Arts on behalf of the art history students I want to voice my concern with the university and the Humanities decision to phase out the McMaster University Art History Program over the next three years. As of February 1st 2010, the Dean has proposed a potential phasing out of the Honours and Joint Honours BA Art History options over a 2-3 year period. Once this decision is approved by her committee, it will go on to the Faculty of Humanities, the Undergraduate Planning Committee and the Senate. The decision to phase out the McMaster Art History Program could be finalized in the next few weeks.
The McMaster Museum of Art is an excellent resource for students and we are fortunate to be one of the few universities in Ontario to have an on-campus museum and affiliated Studio Art Program. There is also easy access to the Art Gallery of Hamilton and various commercial galleries on James Street North, which enable students to gain practical museum/gallery experience. The decision to phase out Honours and Joint Honours Art History is not a logical one given these circumstances.
To compromise, McMaster is willing to spare the minor in Art History option. However, this DOES NOT satisfy the requirements of many professional and graduate school programs for art, art history and design disciplines. McMaster University is depriving its Art History undergraduate students from being exposed to a full range of topics within the history of art! The students are very unhappy about this decision and the University does not sympathize with them and feels that they are making the best decision. The students are very unhappy about this decision and the University does not sympathize with them and feels that they are making the best possible decision in a period of financial hardship for the humanities.

We need your help…

A: You can l find more info on our facebook group:

“Stop phasing out the McMaster Art History Program!”

B: There is also an online petition to sign, “Stop the phasing out of
the McMaster University Art History Program”

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/macarthistory/

C: Anyone who wants to voice their disappointment in detail should send a letter via email to President George and copy it to the Provost, the Dean of Humanities and the Director of the School of the Arts. The contact information is:

presdnt@mcmaster.ca
provost@mcmaster.ca
deanhum@mcmaster.ca
kinderk@mcmaster.ca
Be very clear that it is not just a matter of keeping the program open but adding more resources to the program by hiring more faculty is what would be necessary to keep it going as a viable program.

D: A recent article can be found at:

http://thesil.ca/blog/featured/mcmaster-proposes-art-history-phase-out/

Adam Belovari
4th Year Honours Art History.
Student Rep for the Faculty of Humanities and the School of the Arts
belovaal@mcmaster.ca
adambelovari@yahoo.com

2 thoughts on “McMaster’s Art History maybe endangered?????

  1. Adam Belovari

    Thank you very much for the post. We remain strong in our fight! Recently named “Ambassadors of the Humanities,” at the 29th Annual Humanities Awards Assembly, we have personally appointed ourselves Chief Ambassadors for the Preservation of Art History at McMaster.

  2. Laura Irene

    Dean of the Humanities Suzanne Crosta [scrosta@mcmaster.ca, not included above] is solely responsible for the degradation of the Humanities department at McMaster. Other closures include the Comparative Literature & Women’s Studies programs, MA programs in German and Music, and the elimination of Honours options in Italian, Spanish or German.

    With Art History to follow, you can suspect that the independent Studio Art program will surely be next on her list.

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