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Fine Arts B.A.

Customize your education with a unique concentration in the field of fine arts, drawing from both art history and music history courses, as well as studio art and music lessons or ensembles.
Outdoor sculptures
Syracuse students don’t have to look far to find important works of art on campus. Portrait paintings, mosaics and sculpture, like these by the Shaffer Art Building, can be found outdoors and in buildings, including residence halls.

About this Program

  • Enjoy small class sizes with an average of 19 students per class.
  • Pursue a special distinction in fine arts by maintaining a strong GPA and completing a large-scale project in art and/or music history under the supervision of a professor.
  • Collaborate on campus with the Syracuse University Art Museum and the Special Collections Research Center (including the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive) at Syracuse University Libraries as well as in the local community, working with the Everson Museum of Art, Light Work or the Society for New Music.
  • Join a group immersion trip as a senior and study art history in New York City, where you will meet with curators, auctioneers and senior staff and administrators in museums and auction houses.
  • Receive individualized attention and mentoring from faculty advisors as you prepare for a career in the many fields where art and music history is valued.
  • Students have the opportunity to join the Music & Culture Living Learning Community.

Program Information

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College or School

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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Take both lower- and upper-division coursework in art history and music history.

  • Identify, explain and analyze works of art from both Western and non-Western societies from different eras.
  • Recognize and explain the relationship of artistic styles to historical events and intellectual trends.
  • Distinguish among stylistic differences in music of different eras and from different cultures.
  • Recognize and explain historical changes in music of different eras and from different cultures.
  • Express ideas clearly through writing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in musical skills.

  • American Popular Music
  • Sounds of the Silk Road
  • Music and Politics
  • Arts of Native America
  • Art & Architecture of India
  • Art of Romanticism

Extracurricular Opportunities

Campus facilities

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. The museum strives to foster diverse and inclusive perspectives by uniting students across campus with each other and the local and global community, engaging with artwork to bring us together and examining the forces that keep us apart. 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 on-campus Special Collections Research Center advances scholarship and learning by collecting, preserving and providing access to rare books, manuscripts and other primary source materials.

Study abroad opportunity

Become a Global Citizen

Fine arts students are encouraged to learn on location and engage with artifacts of art across the globe 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.

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