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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Music Histories

the Last Supper in stained glass

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.

Go beyond.

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.

Study abroad.

Learn on location through Syracuse University Abroad centers, such as:

  • Florence, Italy
  • London
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Central Europe
  • And more


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Latest News

Sarah Fuchs Awarded Faculty Fellows Grant

posted on: Sept. 30, 2021

Professor Fuchs' Faculty Fellows Grant is one of two grants awarded by Syracuse University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) for the 2022-23 academic year.

Books by AMH Faculty

Journal Articles and Book Chapters by AMH Faculty

Rembrandt and the Convention of the Scholar in Dutch Genre Painting

"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:

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

"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:

Sascha Scott (March 2020) “Ana-ethnographic Representation: Early Modern Pueblo Painters, Scientific Colonialism, and Tactics of Refusal,” Arts 9, n.1,