History of Art Degree Offerings


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, and East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and the art of Buddhism. Courses are offered in the history of architecture, photography, prints, and drawings.

Students looking at paintings in museum


We offer graduate courses in European, American, and East Asian art. Students may pursue graduate degrees in European and American Art/Global Modern and Contemporary Art or East Asian Art. Students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees that emphasize international and/or transnational modern and contemporary art should follow the European and American/Global Modern and Contemporary track.

Students in artist Roger Shimomura's studio