Department of Art History and Architectural Studies
A major in art history provides you with an understanding of the visual arts in relation to society, culture and history. As an art history major, you explore the aesthetic qualities of art through the framework of a piece’s historical, social, political, economic and religious contexts. We offer a wide range of courses in European, American and non-Western art and architecture and you learn, in part, by closely observing and handling objects.
Particular strengths of the department include medieval art, Renaissance and Baroque art, modern and contemporary art, Asian art, African art and architectural history. We also offer courses in museum studies, performance art, environmental art, and the visual representation of race and ethnicity.
Since the history of art provides an avenue into the study of the history of culture, you'll be encouraged to enroll in relevant courses in history, literature, music, anthropology, and gender and women's studies. Art history majors are encouraged to study foreign languages. German and French are especially recommended if you are contemplating graduate study.