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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

B.A. in Art History

sculptures in Museum Gipsoteca Antonio Canova, Via Canova, Possagno, Province of Treviso, Italy

The B.A. degree in Art History prepares students to write, speak, and analyze art and visual culture, preparing them for a wide range of careers in such sectors as museums, galleries and the art market, education, cultural heritage and cultural management. Students take introductory surveys about the art of Europe, North America, Latin America, South and East Asia, as well as in-depth courses about key themes in the history of art and visual culture in these and other world regions. Students are encouraged to undertake internships or volunteer at the Special Collections Research Center and the SUArt Galleries on campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify and analyze key works of art from both western and non-western societies from different eras.
  • Students will recognize and explain the relationships of artists and their art to larger historical events and/or intellectual trends.
  • Majors will analyze and apply central issues and scholarly methodologies in our fields.
  • Majors will express ideas clearly through oral presentations.
  • Majors will formulate a thesis topic, synthesize and appraise scholarly information that pertains to that topic, and express ideas clearly through writing.
  • Majors will present themselves professionally.

See a list of careers for Art Historians.