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Art History, B.A.

Program Description

The Art History program prepares students to see images with precision, to describe how and what the images express, and to interpret them in terms of the culture that produced them. Our many courses provides the broad historical frameworks to understand art in all its forms: painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, minor arts and more. Students work with physical objects in museum and gallery collections, as well as in the urban spaces, and write persuasively about them.

Our program offers:

  • Foundational survey courses in the history of Western art
  • A choice of courses dedicated to the art of specific historical periods or cultures, including cultures from around the globe, and to certain issues or concerns throughout the history of art
  • Internships and Exhibition Seminars in which students gain real-world experience working in galleries or museums
  • Small classes and accessible faculty advisers and mentors and alumni
  • A Capstone project tailored to the students' individual interests

Why take this major?

You are a good candidate to major in Art History if you:

  • are visually perceptive and wonder about the significance of the visual world around you
  • love visiting art museums and galleries
  • are interested in learning about other cultures and traveling to explore the art of different countries
  • want to pursue a career in which visual acuity is needed, such as in the health sciences, marketing, or law enforcement
  • might have a talent for making art
  • want to sharpen your skills at critical thinking, written and oral communication, and problem-solving

...and if you want to work in the following types of careers working in/as:

  • Museums
    • Operations Management, Directorship, and Development
    • Object Registration and Collections Management
    • Curation and Exhibition Design
    • Art Educator in a Museum
    • Retail
  • Galleries
  • Art Auction Houses
  • Art or Art History Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Consultancy
  • Art Appraisal
  • Art Conservation
  • Publishing and Journalism
  • Graduate level study in any humanistic discipline