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Art History prepares students to interpret the visual and built environment.

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Art history explores how visual images, artworks, and buildings shape how people understand themselves and the world. By understanding the power of art and architecture to make worlds, we are better able to use them to create a more just and sustainable future.

Students can choose from over 50 innovative courses that delve into art and architecture from different times and places. These employ diverse approaches to the study of the visual world, ranging from digital humanities to critical race and gender studies.

The major offers students the flexibility to study abroad and to minor or even double major in another field.

Find out more about the Art History B.A.

The Museum Studies Concentration

This optional concentration within the major is designed for students who are planning careers in the art world. It connects the history and theory of art collection, exhibition, and interpretation to professional museum practice. Specialized courses and an internship give students hands-on experience in areas from curation to marketing.

One Major, Many Possibilities

Our majors graduate with the ability to look carefully, read critically, and communicate effectively. They work in world renowned museums, galleries, archives, and auction houses and pursue careers in business, education, wellness, government, and non-profits. Many also continue their education in selective graduate programs in the United States and Europe.

Our Alumni

There are a lot of myths about the job market for people who graduate with a degree in the arts and humanities. Look at where some of our recent alumni actually work.

Anna Faxon ’18 is a Digital Project Manager at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Isabella Ionni ’17 is a Gallery Manager at Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC. She completed a M.A. in art history at George Washington University.

Lisa Peck ’17 is an Assistant Curator at the Media Center for Art History, Columbia University, New York City.

Vin Manta ’16 is an Auction Operations Manager at Acker in Delaware.

Sarah McHugh ’15 is a Registrar at Nahmad Contemporary in New York City.

Clara Goldman 13 works in the Drawings and Prints department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Kate Calleri, 13 is a Curator at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Jessica Mancuso ’13 is a Lecturer at the University of Manchester in England, where she completed a Ph.D. in Sociology.

Parker Daley Garcia 12 is the Visual Arts Manager and Co-Curator at Pen + Brush in New York City. She completed an M.A. in Museum Studies at Syracuse University.

Hilary Condon 11 is a Lead Systems Analyst and Product Test Engineer at Vanguard in Pennsylvania.

Questions about majoring in art history?

Contact: Paul Wilson, Art History Department Chair