Major in Art History

See the world through the lens of art

When you major in art history, it indicates a high level of interest in the visual arts. That often begins with a fascination with past cultures and creations: ancient pyramids of Egypt, Renaissance frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, or a modern portrait by Picasso. Over the course of this program, you'll deepen how to see, think, analyze and write about art.

Our introductory survey courses will expose you to art from a wide variety of peoples and places, from the beginnings of civilization through the 21st century. In advanced courses, you'll conduct personal research into historical artworks.

You'll be able to engage with art firsthand, via trips to the Detroit Institute of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other museums. Study abroad programs allow you to enhance your understanding of the history of art in context.

As an Art History graduate, you will have developed skills and knowledge that can be used in a wide variety of professions, including archaeologist, museum curator, art librarian, and archivist.