Information for Art History Majors


The major in art history introduces students to a broad range of issues, skills and practices in the field of visual studies with a focus on works of art and architecture.

The curriculum is designed to familiarize students with some of the major periods in both Western and Non-Western art history as well as the compelling methodologies and questions of the art historian. Courses train the student in formal and visual analysis and guide them in examining works of art and architecture within appropriate contextual and cultural frameworks.

Multiple opportunities to study works first-hand to conduct research are incorporated in the curriculum. The Senior LC includes a capstone course seminar, Contemporary Art (AH 491) or Imagining the Individual: What is Portraiture? (AH490), an RFT based around field experiences and methodological research and an internship at a NYC museum, cultural institution or gallery.

The major prepares students for careers in the arts including museums and art institutions as well as for entrance to graduate programs in the field, but is an excellent choice for any student who wishes to be visually literate, providing key skills useful in a variety of professions and life experiences.

Art History Writing/Research

Smith College’s Summer Institute For an excellent program in museum studies, open to Junior and Seniors who are accepted (with some scholarships available) see Smith College’s Summer Institute in Museum Studies:

For information on graduate programs in art history click on: