Department of Art and Art History Art History

Undergraduate Program Overview

The undergraduate Art History program offers a foundation for an enduring appreciation and understanding of art and prepares students for a variety of professional roles and advanced academic study.

Students are exposed to a range of periods and cultures, while mastering aspects of art historical research such as critical thinking, problem solving, source analysis, and effective writing. First-year students gain an introduction to the field through survey courses and opportunities such as the Art History Mentoring Initiative that pairs them with a graduate student or faculty member. As students continue in the program, they explore topics in upper-division courses and small research seminars, and many choose to enhance their curricular study through study-abroad opportunities and professional internships. In their senior year, students may apply to the Art History Honors Program, in which they undertake an ambitous project of independent research and writing.