The Art History program promotes broad, synthetic investigations of human visual expression. Art History students learn interdisciplinary methods of analysis for evaluating art in its historical context and develop research, writing, formal analysis, and critical thinking skills. The program serves a diverse student body and prepares students to succeed in museum and gallery work, in a variety of art-related careers, and in graduate work at the PhD level.
Students in the program must have an academic background in art history with a minimum of five upper division courses in art history.
The breadth of the curriculum, the urban setting of the university, the diverse backgrounds of the student body, and the research orientations of the faculty make the Art History program both strong and unique. Students can choose from a wide range of lecture courses and seminars in multiple fields of specialization including: Ancient Egyptian; Ancient Near Eastern; Greek; Roman; Medieval; Italian and Northern Renaissance; European Baroque, Eighteenth-, Nineteenth-and-Twentieth-Century European and American; Latin American; African; African-American; and Contemporary art.