May 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Art History

Telephone: (302) 831-8415
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The Department of Art History was founded in 1966, pioneering the study of American art and architecture. More than half a century later, it remains one of the nation’s leading programs in this field. Branching ever outward, the Department today offers an expansive range of courses–spanning the globe and extending from prehistory to the present day–that have power to ignite the imagination. Studying humanity’s full range of artistic creativity, students gain essential skills to better understand and communicate within and across cultures. We invite our students to become citizens of the world.

A remarkable constellation of resources bolsters our Department’s ambitions, including Art Conservation, the Center for Material Culture Studies, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, the University Museum and the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library as well as other arts and cultural institutions in Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, and Washington DC.

Art History students are welcome to take advantage of the University’s excellent study abroad programs; Art History/Language Joint Majors are especially encouraged to do so. For all study-abroad plans, students should plan and work closely with their Art History faculty advisors.

Each Bachelor’s program consists of three phases: Introductory (100- to 200-level courses), Intermediate (300-level lecture and Junior seminars), and Advanced (ARTH301 Research and Methodology, 400-level Capstone seminars, 400-level independent studies, and an optional senior thesis). 

Students continuing in one of the Art History 4+1 programs earn Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees through the accelerated path by adding one additional year of coursework designated in each 4+1 program to the existing Bachelor’s curriculum.  Admissions to the 4+1 programs are twice a year (Fall and Spring) for the Master of in Urban Affairs and Policy (M.A.) and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A), and on a rolling basis for the Master of Art History for Museum Professionals (M.A.).


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