William & Mary

Art & Art History

A main goal of the Department of Art and Art History is to help students acquire visual intelligence, i.e., the ability to understand and respond critically to our world’s art and visual culture and how it has been shaped by the visual traditions of other times and places. Students in our department develop sophisticated written, technical, and visual abilities that allow them to convey their ideas, their understanding, and their appreciation of art. 

Our students have received internships at museums such as the Cloisters and the National Gallery of Art and have gone on to graduate work in art history and fine arts programs. A number have pursued careers as art historians, curators, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, architects, urban planners, and in many other fields.

The undergraduate program of the Department of Art and Art History offers two majors:

  • Art
  • Art History

Students can also complete a course of study leading to a minor in Art and Art History.