Art History

​College of Arts and Sciences

Immerse yourself in the world of art and visual culture as you study European, North American, Latin American, and Asian art and themes. Examine the historical roots of art, encompassing everything from ancient and Italian Renaissance up to modern art.

On campus, you can volunteer at SU’s Special Collections Research Center and SUArt Galleries, and in the surrounding community you can explore museums and art galleries. During your senior year, you’ll complete a seminar exploring the practical application of an art history major, with a focus on careers, professional research, and writing.

Major in art history


Sample Courses

  • Romanesque Art
  • City in Architectural History: Rio de Janeiro
  • Renaissance Art and Medicine
  • Baroque Art in Northern Europe
  • 19th Century American Art
  • Music and Arts Leadership

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Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to do professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. Explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Special options degree programs allow students with majors in the arts and sciences to pursue coursework in studio art, music performance, or music composition.

Gain new insights through cooperative programs with other SU colleges, like the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Study French culture in Paris, Nice and Provence, or rediscover the Renaissance and the rebirth of antiquity in Florence. Researchers and scholars will help you uncover the connections between history, politics, and creative genius.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts and Sciences graduate with a major in art history, you can explore such careers as:

  • Artist representative
  • Estate and art appraiser
  • Publishing
  • Architectural conservation
  • Teaching
  • Art gallery curator

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, museum studies, curating or conservation science, journalism, and education. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.