The art history major examines both the creative expressions of individual artists and the cultures that supported them. Faculty expertise includes African, American, Asian, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern, Modern or Contemporary art and critical theory.
In addition, students enrolled in the degree program will have a wellspring of forms, symbols and ideas to stimulate their own creative endeavors. The program provides a strong foundation for the successful pursuit of advanced degrees and other opportunities in the field, including teaching, research, publishing and curating.
An optional concentration in museum studies, which includes an experiential learning component, is also offered. All courses in art history are supported by easy access to institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, the Akron Art Museum, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Additionally, visiting professionals provide insight into the most current research being done in the field.
The Bachelor of Arts in art history provides majors with a substantive understanding of significant achievements in the history of art. It also investigates the tools, methods and concepts that spurred the development of art forms and movements. The degree prepares undergraduates for further study in art history and related fields such as museology and archaeology. The minor in art history comprises 18 credits, including ARTH 22006 and 22007, plus an additional 15 credits in upper-division art history courses. More information is available on the Minors page.
The Master of Arts in art history program emphasizes obtaining a comprehensive view of world art and specializing in one area for the thesis. In addition to the five full-time faculty, visiting professors from departments in cognate fields and from other institutions are invited to present a variety of courses as special topic offerings. Applicants to the graduate program should have a strong undergraduate record with evidence of course work in the history of western art and knowledge of at least one foreign language. Experience and demonstrated ability in research and writing are essential.