The History of Art department regularly offers courses in European, American, East Asian, Islamic, and African art. The entire faculty is directly involved with both undergraduate and graduate instruction. Graduate teaching assistants, chosen from our best advanced MA and PhD students, work under the direct supervision of the faculty to provide additional undergraduate instruction. 
Our research and teaching are facilitated by the department's location in the Spencer Museum of Art. The department (including the digital resource collection, lecture halls, and seminar rooms) and the Murphy Art and Architecture Library occupy the first two floors of the museum building.

Why Study the History of Art?

The study of the visual arts in their historical contexts enriches our understanding of human creativity and the human condition. It provides students with the visual and cultural literacy and critical thinking, research, and communication skills that are relevant for a variety of careers, including in art museums, galleries, and collections, as well as schools, universities, publishers, and archives. The study of art history can also provide the foundation for a career in other professions such as business, law, media, or government.


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