Art History Major & Minor
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
26 July 2016 | 12:35 am
April Johnston (Art History 2014) works in St. Louis as a curator for a private art collector, and she sent us the following message this spring: I wanted to share with you that I’ve had my first piece of art-writing published! I was invited by the editors of All the Art, St. Louis’s new visual arts quarterly,…Read more Alumna Publishes First Article
5 July 2016 | 5:01 pm
In Dr. Sara Orel’s spring Greek and Roman class, students photographed themselves in poses taken from sculpture and vase paintings of the Archaic and Classical Periods (roughly 600 BCE to 330 BCE). This gave them a chance to study the poses, objects, and relationships of the figures. Here are some of the photos they submitted for…Read more Greek Sculpture Studies at Truman