Broad Liberal Arts Focus
You will learn about the monuments and principal artists of major art periods of the past, as well as gain a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Art History focuses not only on the material aspects of cultural expression, but also how art reflects other aspects of society, including history, politics, religion, science, and technology.
You'll gain experience looking at art and thinking about the broader issues of the interaction between art and society, and the intersection of economics, religion, and science with visual expression and the built environment.
Learn by doing
All courses are taught through lecture and discussion with full professors (no grad students) and course assignments include exams, research writing, analytical and critical essays, presentations, and discussions.
But you'll also get your hands dirty in studio courses as well. This combination of historical study and practical application gets you "inside" the art process to develop a deeper understanding of art in all its aspects.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
Under the guidance of your mentors, you will be required to gain practical experience outside of the classroom, such as art conservation, gallery work, museum or gallery internships, archaeological work, or study abroad. Students graduating with this degree have pursued careers in many areas, such as public relations, museum administration, teaching, and a variety of jobs in the corporate and business worlds.
If graduate study is your goal, our graduates pursue work in Art History, Education, Library Studies, Art Conservation, and Arts Administration, to name a few.
For information on events, alumni, faculty creative work and scholarship, and lots more, please visit the Art Department blog.
Art History Activities
The Art Department has a variety of great and active student clubs, many of which are already up and running for the academic year. A full listing of clubs in the Department can be found here. Here are more details about a few of the clubs which are already doing cool things: Art History Society: contact…Read more Student clubs up and running! Read More
Dr. Catherine Schmidt Patterson (Conservation Institute, The Getty) will return to campus to give two talks this week. “Science of Art–Art of Science: Conservation Science and Fourteenth-Century Florentine Painting Practice” Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., OP 2210 (Hosted by the Art History Society) “More from Less: Scientific Techniques for the Study of Museum Objects” …Read more Getty scientist and alumna to present about art conservation Read More