Art History (B.A.)


mural painting by Conti

The B.A. in Art History offers you a thorough introduction to the art and architecture of Europe and the Americas, beginning in ancient times through to contemporary art. As an art history major, you’ll develop skills to analyze and interpret works of art as expressions and products of social, cultural and historic conditions. You will be able to conduct research, and write and speak effectively about art and architecture.

Program Highlights

  • Focused learning in our small classes
  • You’ll receive individual attention from faculty and regular advisement on career opportunities, internships, study abroad, combining majors, entering graduate school, and more
  • Faculty are very active in their field—working on important archaeological sites, publishing their latest research, and helping to organize international exhibitions—their work enriches the classroom experience for our students with the latest discoveries and controversies in the field
  • Some classes include hands-on field work and training with art objects
  • Travel into the art world with regular bus trips to New York City where you might complete assignments or visit major museums and exhibitions
  • Classes have also been held at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, the Newport Art Museum, the Hera Gallery, and elsewhere

Each semester, visiting scholars often come into art history courses to discuss their research and to conduct workshops. Art history students can also use the Fine Arts Gallery spaces as a resource for special projects with the assistance of faculty members.