Department of Art and Music Histories
Go beyond aesthetics to learn the essence of art, music and architecture from a historical, social and cultural perspective. Gain historical and global context in an interdisciplinary environment.
Grow your understanding of the social and cultural influences on art, music and architecture while honing your problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and research skills.
Art and Music Histories covers most major historical periods of art and architecture from ancient to postmodern times, as well as the repertories and histories of different musical cultures. You can also design your program around studio art or music performance or composition.
An interdisciplinary environment allows you to leverage the additional expertise of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Architecture. Plus, gain hands-on experience by undertaking an internship, volunteering at the Special Collections Research Center or at the SUArt Galleries, or studying abroad.
Your learning is not limited to the classroom. Extensive art and music history resources can be found at Bird Library, the Special Collections Research Center, Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive, and Syracuse University's art collections, to name just a few. In downtown Syracuse, you’ll find the Everson Museum of Art. The area is also home to many other fine libraries, museums and music venues.
Experience the world in a different way.
Art and Music Histories fosters a rich cultural and historical understanding of art, music and architecture among its students and prepares them for a range of fields.
- Art History majors can explore careers in museums, galleries and the art market, education, cultural heritage and cultural management.
- With a degree in Music History and Cultures, you can enter many different career paths in the music industry, arts management, concert promotion, or music education.
- History of Architecture majors can pursue careers in historic preservation, cultural resource management, museum work, academia, architectural design or as a consultant with firms specializing in historic buildings.
- Graduate programs prepare will prepare you for careers in academia and higher education, museums and galleries, arts leadership and other arts-related professions.
Whatever your interests, your degree will be a great foundation. To learn more about all your options, talk to your advisor.
Learn on location through Syracuse University Abroad centers, such as:
- Florence, Italy
- Santiago, Chile
- Central Europe
- And more
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Syracuse University Florence Master's Program in Italian Renaissance Art alum Jeff Speck (M.A. '88) is winner of the prestigious Seaside Prize!
Art History seniors Jaden Dagenais and Grace McCormick assisted in preparation of the current Everson Museum of Art exhibition, "Mutual Affection: The Victoria Schonfeld Collection."
Glenn Peers's new book written with Virginia Burrus and Thomas Arentzen is now out: "Byzantine Tree Life: Christianity and the Arboreal Imagination" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).
Books by AMH Faculty
Byzantine Tree Life: Christianity and the Arboreal Imagination, by Thomas Arentzen, Virginia Burrus, and Glenn Peers, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), 190pp., ISBN-13: 978-3-030-75901-8
Animism, Materiality, and Museums: How Do Byzantine Things Feel?, by Glenn Peers, Arc Humanities Press; New edition (January 31, 2021), 202pp., ISBN-13: 978-1942401735
Music, Dance, and Drama in Early Modern English Schools, by Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Cambridge University Press (4 June 2020), 258pp., ISBN13: 978-1108490863
Making Waves: Crosscurrents in the Study of Nineteenth-Century Art, edited by L. Dixon and G.P. Weisberg, Brepols Publishers, 300 pp., ISBN-13: 978-2503584409
The Rock History Reader, 3rd edition, edited by Theo Cateforis, Routledge, 2019. 464pp.,
Godefridus Schalcken; A Dutch Painter in Late Seventeenth-Century London, by Wayne Franits, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2018, 288 pp., 86 color illus.
Beyond Boundaries, Rethinking Music Circulation in Early Modern England, 2017-02-13, Indiana University Press, ISBN: 978-0-253-02479-4
The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth-Century, by Wayne Franits, New York/ London: Routledge, 2016, xx + 478 pp., 91 black-and-white illus.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters by AMH Faculty
"Rembrandt and the Convention of the Scholar in Dutch Genre Painting," [co-author with Laura Thiel-Convery] in exhib. cat. Rembrandt: Portrait of a Man, Prague, National Gallery of Prague, 2020, pp. 33-45.
Sascha Scott (2020) "Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i? Decolonizing the History of American Modernism", American Art, Volume 34, Number 2, Summer 2020, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/710471
Romita Ray (2020) "Canton to Calcutta: Tea and Chinoiserie in a Colonial Garden." In De/siring India: Representations through British and French Eyes (1584-1857), ed. Niranjan Goswami. Kolkata: Jadavpur University Press, 188-205.
"A Bravo Examining Cheese: A 'New' Painting by Gerrit van Honthorst." In: Connoisseurship: Essays in Honour of Fred G. Meijer, Leiden: Primavera Pers, 2020, pp. 135-39.
Fuchs, S. (2020). "Seeing More Clearly". Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 1–12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1479409819000685