Reconstruct history through art
Art is the representational record of history, and we invite you to take a closer look.
Piece together visual clues in images, buildings and objects to shed light on the human experience past and present with faculty dedicated to your intellectual development.
You’ll debate art theory and criticism, while developing keen skills in visual analysis—an invaluable tool in our increasingly image-driven world.
Travel to major museums in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, or visit our own Lore Degenstein Gallery to carefully study objects from different times and places.
Popular classes embrace the interdisciplinary nature of art history, examining art through the lenses of diversity, gender and politics. Art history also pairs well with a major or minor in anything from anthropology to communications to foreign language.
We are one of the only undergraduate institutions in the country to offer a museum studies minor. Pair that with an art history degree, and you’ll be a leading candidate for a graduate school program in art history or museum studies. Our interdisciplinary minors help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.
Apply your love of art
Take what you learn into the real world with an internship at a professional art gallery or well-known museum at home or abroad. Our students have interned at The Andy Warhol Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Our graduates are ready to step right into professional careers in and outside of the arts, working in museums, galleries, higher education, schools and cultural nonprofits. Some go on to professional programs in art history or museum studies at schools like the University of Edinburgh, Temple University and Boston University.