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HART Immersion Opportunities

The History of Art Department offers exciting immersive opportunities!

HART 2665 Vanderbilts as Patrons Class at Biltmore House in North Carolina, November 2019

The HART 2665: Vanderbilts as Patrons class at Biltmore House in North Carolina, with Prof. Kevin Murphy. 

An overview of Immersion Vanderbilt can be found on the web:


HART 2815: Digital Heritage: Methods and Practice
A cutting-edge course in the Digital Humanities, HART 2815 provides case-based introduction to digital application in history of art and archaeology, including theory, research design, current methods of photogrammetry, 2D and 3D modeling, mapping and spatial analysis, and data management and digital publishing. This course is a regular offering in the HART curriculum, so please check the HART course listings on our website and on the Schedule of Classes.


HART 2820: Architectural Heritage, Research and Documentation
Curating the Vaughn Home, site of the Robert Penn Warren Center
The Vaughn Home is one of Vanderbilt University's seven original faculty houses and thus among the oldest buildings on our campus, dating to 1875. For the rich history of the house, see: Today, it is the location of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. This Victorian house is architecturally and culturally important, and through a series of courses, it will be studied for its architectural significance and its place in the histories of Vanderbilt and Nashville. These in-depth, original investigations into the building’s history will present a unique immersive experience for students.


HART 2810W Museum Exhibition and 3810W: Exhibiting Historical Art
The History of Art Department regularly offers the seminar courses HART 2810W/3810W intended to allow students to research, develop, design, and curate an exhibition that, combined with other experiences, constitutes an Immersion experience.

Depending on the specific topic and focus of the seminar course taken, students will take additional coursework or participate in additional complementary experiences to complete the Immersion sequence. The final project for this experience would be a research paper in the form of a catalogue essay or another substantial contribution to an exhibition project.

These courses are regular offerings in the HART curriculum, so please check the HART course listings on our website and on the Schedule of Classes.


Cultural Heritage: Asian Architecture Data Curation Workshop

Students can assist in the development of an architectural history digital archive through working with HART faculty to develop data for a Chinese architectural history dynamic site archive and architectural thesaurus. Students will develop entries on individual sites and add visual material for a thesaurus of technical terms for Traditional Chinese Architecture.

Pre- or co-requisite coursework includes:

HART 1200: Arts of East Asia
HART 1220: History of Asian Architecture
HART 2100: Architecture and the Mapping of Empire in Asia
HART 2151: Architecture and Gardens in Imperial China
HART 2815: Digital Heritage: Methods and Practice: The Chinese Temple

Students may apply for Buchanan Fellowship funding to support lab work.
Information on the Buchanan Library Fellows Program:

For further information, contact Prof. Tracy Miller: tracy.g.miller@Vanderbilt.Edu


History of Art and Asian Studies: Asian Medicine, Health, and the Healing Arts
Asian Studies faculty includes a strong cohort of professors who work on aspects of medicine, health, and society in East Asian cultures. An immersion in Asian Medicine and Health will allow Vanderbilt undergraduates to combine interests in pre-health professions with interest in Asia. Students may take three courses and 'enrich' a course-based final paper as an immersion project. They may also take two classes and then enroll in a 3-credit-hour immersion completion course that may entail a wide range of research experiences. Possible topics include the translation of a section of a Chinese medical text, a research paper on health issues in contemporary China, or possibly interviews and/or shadowing practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Nashville area.

To set a foundation for immersion, students may combine two or three of our current course offerings, including:

ASIA 2630: Chinese Medicine
ASIA 3633: Self-Cultivation in Ancient China
MHS 2310: Chinese Society and Medicine
HART 3140: Healing and Art in East Asia

For further information, contact Prof. Tracy Miller: tracy.g.miller@Vanderbilt.Edu


HART Honors Thesis
Students will undertake independent research on a topic in the history of art or history of architecture and produce an Honors Thesis. The History of Art Honors Thesis sequence requires the completion of 9 credit hours including independent study leading to the research and writing of the HART Honors Thesis:

HART 3850: Independent Research (3 credits hours)
HART 4998: Honors Research (3 credit hours)
HART 4999: Honors Thesis (3 credit hours)

For further information see:

Department contact is Prof. Elizabeth Moodey, Director of HART Honors: