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Art History

Art History students at The Muscarelle Museum's exhibition which marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first documented African slaves in Colonial VirginiaOur Art History program offers courses in a wide variety of historical areas and subjects. You can explore Byzantine art, Chinese painting, or contemporary works in every imaginable medium. You will learn the visual and material culture skills and critical thinking that is the heart of studying art history. You will also have the intensive research and writing experience that is characteristic of a liberal arts education.

To major with an Art History concentration, you will focus your degree by choosing one of three tracks. The Art & Art History minor is flexible: you can tailor it to fit your goals and interests. We also actively support students who wish to combine their interest in other fields with a double major.

All Art History students engage with historical, political, social, and environmental contexts. As part of your studies, you will visit museums and other relevant sites to research, analyze and observe works of art. A study abroad program could be an important part of your degree.

Opportunities for undergraduate research include advanced seminars, independent study, Honors projects, and internships.

The study of Art History opens doors to a broad range of careers and graduate programs. Our alumni go on to work in education, museums, conservation, historic preservation, architecture, business, law, publishing, and other fields.