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Art History

Operations and teaching are online. Current and prospective students: please visit our COVID-19 Updates pages. Faculty and staff are available via email.

Art History operates at the intersection of the visual and the verbal, and it deploys knowledge from an exceptional range of disciplines to engage and interpret the objects of art and visual culture. It is thus a particularly powerful tool for the understanding of human culture and creativity. The Division of Art History is dedicated to the study of visual art and culture as distinctive instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression that offer fundamental insights into diverse historical and contemporary human cultures, insights often unavailable to other modes of analysis. We provide students with the opportunity to work in a vibrant community of scholars and peers to explore the social, historical, ethical, and aesthetic significance of the visual realm that is our present environment and the heritage of numerous diverse cultures and civilizations.

We offer a BA major with an honors option as well as a minor in Art History for those pursing other undergraduate majors. At the graduate level, an MA degree and a PhD degree are available.

Recent Art History News

Individual, no-contact viewing at Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Beginning on September 30, 2020, visitors may again view exhibitions at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. There are a few steps to follow in order to take advantage of this opportunity during the gallery's normal hours. Read more
Aerial view of The Quad
The School of Art + Art History + Design is excited to announce an opportunity for three faculty appointments, representing each division within the School. Application deadlines vary. Read more
Jamie Walker
It was a summer like no other. A reduced schedule of classes was all taught online and most staff worked remotely. Only a handful of faculty, staff, and graduate students were to be found in our buildings… Read more

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