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​History of Art

​College of Visual and Performing Arts

Learn technique in studio classes while you develop skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.

Your coursework will cover art of different periods, stylistic movements, media, and geography-based foci. Paired with experiential learning opportunities your education will prepare you to pursue a variety of fulfilling career paths.

Note: Applications are no longer being accepted for the B.F.A. degree program in history of art.

Sample Courses

Sample courses include:

  • Public Learning in Museums
  • Introduction to Curatorship
  • Art in America
  • Decoding Images of Representation
  • Art Nouveau Design and Architecture: Studies in Material Culture

View all major requirements.

Practical Experience

In addition to coursework, the program offers experiential learning opportunities to help you explore and find your niche in the art industry.

  • Participate in an Art in New York City, MAYmester course.
  • Travel through Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Venice on “Artists in Italy: The Pleasure of Seeing,” a 10-day tour.
  • Enjoy the galleries and exhibition spaces of the University’s Coalition of Museum and Art Centers, including the Syracuse University Art Museum, Light Work, and the Urban Video Project.
  • Attend the University Lectures and Syracuse Symposium events.

Study Abroad

Challenge your perspective and build your resume with a study abroad experience during your four years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad boasts more than 100 programs in 60 countries. History of art students most often study abroad in Florence, Italy.

Learn more about global study opportunities for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Life After Syracuse University

As a graduate with a degree in history of art you can pursue such careers as:

  • Curator
  • Art critic
  • Art conservationist
  • Art restoration specialist
  • Archivist
  • Art historian

Or continue your education and earn a graduate degree in areas such as art leadership, business, or art education. Recent graduates have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.