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Major concentration in Art History

Art History students will learn the history of art, its diverse developments, discourses, and contexts.

When you declare your Art History major concentration, you will choose to follow one of three tracks:

  • Art History/General - This is our most flexible concentration. It allows you to explore a wide range of course options and develop a broad foundation in the field.
  • Art History/Critical Curatorial Studies - While still completing the general Art History requirements, students selecting this concentration must take certain specialized courses in curating and the history of collecting.
  • Art History/Built Environment Studies - While still completing the general Art History requirements, students selecting this concentration must take certain specialized courses in architecture and the history of built environments.

Our Worksheet for Art History Majors [pdf] allows you to see the differences between the three tracks on one page.

Research is the heart of an Art History major. You will do research as part of your required coursework. We also encourage you to do your own research through independent study, Honors projects, internships, and to take part in student research symposia. Study abroad can also be an important part of an Art History major.