The department and affiliated faculty offer a wide range of courses focusing on diverse forms of art and visual culture from prehistory to the present in Europe, the U.S., East Asia, and Africa, both within national traditions and transnationally.

Award-winning professors and graduate teaching assistants provide instruction in courses ranging from introductory surveys to graduate seminars, emphasizing critical thinking and active learning.

Classes take full advantage of the rich collection of over 45,000 objects in the Spencer Museum of Art, one of the top-rated university art museums in the country. 

Why Study the History of Art?

The study of the visual arts in their historical, transnational, and global contexts enriches our understanding of human creativity and the human condition. Such study fosters visual and cultural literacy and critical thinking, research, and communication skills that are valuable for a variety of careers.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Art History?

An undergraduate degree in art history prepares students for a variety of careers (see or for graduate or professional study. An art history degree can be the foundation for careers in the arts, business, law, media, not-for-profit organizations, and government. Graduate study in art history can lead to a career in higher education, museums, art galleries, auction houses, and publishing. Learn more from Jayhawk art history alumni who have gone on to interesting and fulfilling careers in our Alumni Spotlights.





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