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The study of the visual arts in their historical contexts enriches our understanding of human creativity and the human condition. The undergraduate curriculum introduces the student to the visual arts of the past and the present. Courses cover the arts of ancient and medieval Europe, modern Europe, the United States, Africa, and East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and the art of Buddhism. Courses are offered in the history of architecture, photography, prints, and drawings.

Three degrees can be earned with majors in the history of art, the B.A. and B.G.S. in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the B.F.A. in the School of the Arts. Students may also choose to minor in art history.


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KU offers graduate art history courses covering Europe, the United States, and East Asia. 

The M.A. provides students with a broad knowledge of the visual arts, as well as an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of the discipline. The M.A. may be pursued as a terminal degree or as preparation to petition for doctoral studies at KU or to apply elsewhere.

The Combined M.A./Ph.D. is a streamlined degree track intended for students who want to pursue the Ph.D. in art history at KU, but who do not yet hold the M.A. degree in art history.

The Ph.D. is intended for students who hold the M.A. degree in art history.

* For the graduate student handbook please see Graduate Student Resources.


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