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Art History B.A.

Learn to write, speak and analyze art and visual culture as you prepare for a wide range of careers in museums, galleries, the art market, education, cultural heritage, cultural management and more.
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In this exhibition, art history students drew from Syracuse University’s permanent art collection to explore how the non-human animal has inspired the imagination, fueled scientific research and shaped knowledge about animal extinctions.

About this Program

  • Explore the history of art while also gaining hands-on experience in curatorial research and public engagement.
  • Enjoy small class sizes with an average of 20 students per class.
  • Collaborate on campus with the Syracuse University Art Museum and the Special Collections Research Center.
  • Work in the local community with the Everson Museum of Art, Light Work or the Society for New Music.
  • Join a group immersion trip to New York City as a senior and learn about professional opportunities in the art world by meeting with curators, auctioneers, art gallerists, museum professionals and AMH department alumni.
  • Take your learning abroad and study at a Syracuse University center in Florence, Italy; Strasbourg, France; Madrid, Spain; and London, England.
  • Receive individualized attention and mentoring from faculty advisors as you prepare for a career in the many fields where art history is valued.
  • Students have the opportunity to join the Music & Culture Living Learning Community.

Program Information

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Career Path

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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In addition to introductory courses and a senior seminar, you'll be required to take courses across different chronological periods and study art across different cultures. You may also choose to enroll in a studio art course as part of the art history major.

  • Observe and interpret key formal aspects of works of art in historical contexts.
  • Identify and analyze key works of art from different eras and traditions across the globe.
  • Recognize and explain the relationship of artists and art to broad cultural, intellectual and historical developments.
  • Analyze central issues and apply scholarly methodologies in the field.
  • Formulate a research question, synthesize and appraise scholarly information in support of a thesis, and express ideas clearly and persuasively in writing.
  • Express ideas clearly and persuasively in oral presentations.
  • Gain direct hands-on experience working with art objects and archives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of visual language pertinent to careers in the visual arts, architecture, visual studies and the media.

  • Studies in Baroque Art
  • From Gothic to Goth
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist and Engineer
  • History of Printmaking
  • Native North American Art
  • Art in France from Impressionism to Surrealism

Extracurricular Opportunities

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Syracuse University Art Museum

The Syracuse University Art Museum is a teaching museum that acquires and preserves important works of art and uses its extensive collection to serve as a museum-laboratory for exploration, experimentation and discussion. With its global collections of art, the museum strives to foster diverse and inclusive perspectives by bringing together students and faculty from across campus and by fostering dialogue with local and international communities. It welcomes all visitors to experience its exhibitions and public programs that promote original research, creative thinking and increased mindfulness.

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Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center in Bird Library invites you to explore its extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic photographs, rare artifacts and other primary source materials. It also houses the largest collection on the history of plastics in the United States.

Study abroad

Become a Global Citizen

Art history students are encouraged to learn about art through Syracuse University Abroad, which hosts programs in more than 60 countries around the world. Choose from semester, summer, short-term and year-long options and learn from actual works of art through field trips to renowned museums, art galleries and archives.

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