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Art History

Art History student

GET THE WHOLE PICTURE: EXPLORE WORLD ART

Humankind’s cultural inheritance is encoded in the language of art. We offer students critical insights into this inheritance and the ways that art and cultural expression have developed over time and across the continents, deepening their knowledge of the past and the ways that the past shapes the present. We sharpen students’ visual skills, essential for success in an increasingly visual world. We develop students’ writing abilities, an essential foundation for any career. We spark students’ imaginations with images and objects that have endured centuries and have been worshipped or violated, stirred revolution or gone missing, delighted or outraged. In keeping with the university’s global mission, we offer courses in American (including Native American, African American and Latin American), European, African, Asian and Islamic art and architecture. Through the study of the full range of artistic creativity, we challenge students to become citizens of the world.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Visual and Media Studies
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Architecture, Urban Design and the Environment
  • Art, Politics and Society
  • Race and Gender in Art
  • Globalization and the Art Market
  • Art, Literature and Performance

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Art History Educator
  • Architectural Historian
  • Curator
  • Art Museum Administrator
  • Museum Collections Manager or Registrar
  • Corporate Art Collections Manager
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Art Critic
  • Arts Journalist
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Expert for Nonprofit Institutions
  • Art Expert for Auction Houses, Corporate Sales, and Galleries
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Cultural Heritage Manager
  • Visual Resources Manager
  • Art Librarian
  • Intellectual and Cultural Property Lawyer
  • Law Enforcement Agent

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Art History
  • Museum Studies
  • Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Architecture

What’s special about this program?

Our department ranks among the top programs in the nation. Our faculty has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are in a unique position at the center of a constellation of units that emphasize the art object, including Art and Design, Art Conservation, Museum Studies, Material Culture Studies and the University Museums, among others. By virtue of UD's proximity to major cities, we expose students to world-class collections of art and architecture.

Get Involved

The Art History Club

Summer Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program

Study Abroad

Internships

Sample curriculum

ARTH153

 

Intro: Pyramids to Cathedrals

ARTH154

 

Intro: Renaissance to Modern
ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH113

Contemporary Mathematics

 

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Foreign Language  Course

 

  ARTH Elective Course
ENGL202

Biblical and Classical Literature

 

 

ARTH200 level in distribution area courses

 

 

ARTH Elective Courses

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

  Minor Courses
ARTH301

Research and Methodology

 

 

ARTH 200-level or higher

 

 

ARTH free elective

 

 

ARTH 300-level or higher

 

 

HIST 200/300-level

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  Minor Courses
UNIV401/402

Senior Thesis

 

 

ARTH 300-level or higher

 

 

ARTH 400-level seminar

 

 

Minor Courses

 

 

Univeristy Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses

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