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Art History

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 Syracuse’s Special Collections Research Center and the Syracuse University Art Museum, 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.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses for art history majors include:

  • 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

View official major requirements .

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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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.

Art history students often go abroad to the Syracuse University Florence Center . Summer programs of interest may include Italian Renaissance Art (Florence) and Arts of Spain: Paintings, Architectures, Cities (Madrid).

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.