The art history area offers an unusually wide array of undergraduate courses, spanning the history of ancient to contemporary Western art. Supplementing these are courses in aesthetics and art criticism as well as in the history of design and photography. A 21 credit minor in art history offers opportunities to strengthen art-historical background in structured classes as well as the possibility to pursue in-depth research on topics through independent-study programs.
Art history classes make use of exhibits at local venues, as well as organized trips to museums in order for students to have first hand contact with works of art. This area encourages students to study abroad and apply credits earned in art history toward the fulfillment of Department of Art and Design requirements.