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Art History

Art History is a dynamic subject area that examines the products, processes and producers of human visual creativity. The discipline of Art History examines works of art within their diverse and sometimes conflicting cultural contexts. As such, the study of Art History is broadly interdisciplinary. It brings knowledge of history, religion, economics, gender, psychology, politics, engineering and audience response, to bear on its investigations of art’s contributions to humankind.

The department offers a strong program leading to a BA in Art History. Courses cover the visual cultures of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, including painting, sculpture, architecture, material culture, photography and festival arts in the tribal world from ancient times to the present. At the graduate level the department contributes courses to an interdisciplinary program in Museum Studies with the departments of Anthropology and History. A Minor in Art History is also available.


The department enjoys an excellent working relationship with the Saint Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and other local arts institutions. The department encourages students to explore the resources of these and other area cultural institutions through an impressive array of internships.

Art History faculty are dedicated teachers and scholars. Faculty members contribute regularly to the major books and journals in their fields. For their research, members have been awarded a number of national research grants, including fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.