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.
Graduates have gone on to jobs at:
- Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia
- Slifer House Museum
- Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art
- Rockefeller University
- Coral Gables Museum
- Astral Artists
- Everhart Museum
- Daemen College
- City Year Rhode Island
- WebPage FX
Graduates have gone on to graduate school at:
- University of Edinburgh
- Aberdeen University
- University of Denver
- University College London
- Studio Arts College International
- Kent State University
- Boston University
Requirements for the Major in Art History. The Bachelor of Arts in art history requires 48 semester hours in art history and studio art with grades of C- or better.
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12 Art History Requirements
|4 ARTH-101 Introduction to Art History I: Prehistoric to Late Middle Ages|
|4 ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern|
|4 ARTH-403 Senior Thesis|
28 Art History Electives
28 Choose elective art history courses selected with faculty adviser guidance (may include internship or independent study credit).
8 Studio Art Electives
8 Choose two studio art courses (ARTS-111 Foundations of Art I and a photography course are recommended).
Reading knowledge of a second language is helpful for undertaking research in non-English scholarship.
Minor in Art History. The minor in art history requires 20 semester hours of art history courses with a grade of C- or above. Required courses include ARTH-101, ARTH-102 and three additional art history courses.