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Art History

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

The 2023-24 Henry Art Liaisons from left to right: Sven, Ayla, Rosaline, Isabella, Kae, and Sorel.
Six students at the School of Art + Art History + Design selected for the 2023-2024 Henry Art Liaison Program. Read more
Jamie Walker, 2023
The new academic year already seems well underway, and the autumn colors have transformed our beautiful campus once again into an amazing palette of yellows, oranges, and reds complementing the ubiquitous greens that our state is named for. Read more
Group photo during Pindell's visit at the LAB
Hosted by the LAB, the acclaimed artist shared her perspectives on life and art in an illuminating conversation with the students, faculty and staff who attended. Read more