Art History (BA, minor)

Program Overview

The art history program acquaints students with the visual culture of humankind through the ages — works of art as individual organizations of shape, space and color and as cultural artifacts with a history and function within their societies linked to other forms of cultural production.

The Art History Department offers two tracks: art history, and architecture and urban studies. The art history track prepares undergraduate majors for scholarly and professional work and study in the art world, including advanced graduate study, professional museum and gallery work, and careers in arts administration.

The track in architecture and urban studies prepares departmental majors for graduate work in departments of the history of art and architecture or entry into professional graduate schools in architecture, design and urban planning, as well as for professional work in such areas as historic preservation.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Art History
  • BA in Art History: Architecture and Urban Studies


  • Art History

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Art history internships range from the national to the local level and focus on arts conservation, curation and arts management.

There is also an art history honors program.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

Students are prepared not only for advanced graduate work in art and architectural history, but also for a broad range of professions in a variety of related fields.

Graduates are enrolled in graduate programs in the history of art and architecture in most major universities across the country. Many others have entered fields such as curatorial practice, museum administration, museum education, art conservation, visual resources management; others work in commercial galleries, auction houses, archives and historic preservation.

Check out some of our successful alumni!

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!