Dive into the academic study of art from an historical perspective, spanning centuries of imagination, influence, social issues and culture.

Through this program, you will study painters, sculptors, architects and others from Ancient Egypt to the present, learning to not only to analyze creative works, but also to ask broader questions about the place and role of the arts in human history. You will take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, considering art objects not only in relation to history but also to the politics, economics and societal and cultural values of the time period in which they were made.

The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Art History

  • ART1204 History of Western Art (AI-A) (VCI)
  • Four courses in art history to be selected in consultation with the advisor

Students enrolled in the art history program will be trained to:

  • Identify and describe the formal properties of art objects
  • Connect specific art objects to major art movements
  • Understand the ways in which art objects engage history, culture and other external forces
  • Analyze the shifting meanings of art objects based on the theoretical tools employed by art historians