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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, November 2019, with Profs. Kevin Murphy and Laurel Waycott


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

Students should explore Immersion Projects, and submit their Immersion Plans at the Immersion Hub  Further information on the following HART Immersion Opportunities is also available on the Immersion Hub.


HART 2665: The Vanderbilts as Patrons: Taste-Makers of Gilded-Age Art and Architecture
(Creative Expression Pathway)

HART 2665, The Vanderbilts as Patrons, is offered as part of an Immersion Experience in Creative Expression that will include a field trip to visit sites in NC, NYC and NY State studied in the course. In addition, students will be able to choose from a range of other courses or experiences in order to fulfill the 9-credit hour immersion requirement, including courses such as HART 1105: History of Western Art- Renaissance to Modern Art, and HART 1400: American Icons and Monuments, among others.

For further information, contact Prof. Kevin D. Murphy,


HART 2815: Digital Heritage: Methods and Practice
(Creative Expression Pathway, Research Pathway)

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. Completion of this program requires 9 hours of coursework and will be dependent upon the topic of the rotating HART 2815 offering. For example, a student could complete HART 2815: Digital Heritage: Methods and Practice: The Parthenon -- Athens, Nashville, and Virtual. (3 credit hours), HART 1100 History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval Art (3 credit hours) or HART 1120 History of Western Architecture (3 credit hours), and finally HART 2220 Greek Art and Architecture (3 credit hours).

Students will complete this opportunity by creating a digital presentation of their research projects.

For further information, contact Prof. Betsey Robinson:


Curating the Vaughn Home, site of the Robert Penn Warren Center
(Creative Expression Pathway, Research Pathway)

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 who can participate by taking the following two seminar courses in the 2020-21 academic year, both of which will be taught by Prof. Matthew Worsnick in the Dept. of History of Art:

  • HART 2820: Architectural Heritage: Research and Documentation (Fall 2020; pending approval) The Fall 2020 version of this course will entail an in-depth architectural analysis of the Vaughn Home including its original design, evolving function, later renovation, and preservation as an historically significant element of Vanderbilt’s campus. As a team, the students will produce a historic structure report on the history and character of the house; this report will be delivered to the university for use in future planning, renovation, exhibition, and publications.
  • HART 3810W: Exhibiting Historical Art: Curating the Vaughn Home (Spring 2021)
    HART 3810W is a course in which students research, design, and curate an exhibition.
    In Spring 2021, this course will focus on the Vaughn Home. Students will develop and design an exhibition that will focus on the home’s institutional and architectural history. Exhibited objects will cover a wide range, from documents and photographs to furniture and other decorative arts.

An appropriate third course may be taken to complete the equivalent of a 9-credit-hour sequence, and it may be selected from one of the other courses that will be developed in tandem with the Robert Penn Warren Center/Vaughn Home initiative, or, a suitable course in American Art, or independent study on this or a related topic.

For further information, please contact: Profs. Matthew Worsnick or Kevin D. Murphy History of Art department.


Cultural Heritage: Asian Architecture Data Curation Workshop
(Research Pathway) 

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 or
HART 2100: Architecture and the Mapping of Empire in Asia.

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


HART Honors Thesis
(Research Pathway, Creative Expression Pathway)

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:



HART 3810W: Exhibiting Historical Art
(Creative Expression Pathway)

The History of Art Department regularly offers a seminar course HART 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 HART 3810W 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.

When these courses are offered, they will be posted amongst the department course listings:

Contact the History of Art Director of Undergraduate Studies for further information, Prof. Sheri Shaneyfelt


HART Maymester Abroad: HART 2722 Modern Art and Architecture in Paris
(International Pathway)

The History of Art Department offers a Maymester in Paris usually in alternate years with experiences that will complement on-campus coursework or other study-abroad in France. Completion of the program requires the equivalent of 9 hours of coursework and includes Prof. Folgarait’s HART 2722: Modern Art and Architecture in Paris (3 credit hours) and two other courses (3 credit hours each) selected from among the following, for example, to comprise a 9-hour Immersion Sequence:

HART 1105 History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern Art
HART 1111-05 Impressionism in its Historical Context
HART 1500W Impressionism, HART 2625 French Art in the Age of Impressionism
HART 2710 Twentieth-Century European Art, or HART 2720 Modern Architecture. 

The final project would be in the form of a research paper based on the content studied during the Maymester, informed and enhanced by the completion of the two other cognate courses.

For further information, contact Prof. Leonard Folgarait:


History of Art and Asian Studies: Asian Medicine, Health, and the Healing Arts
(Research Pathway and International Pathway)

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