About Art History

Major Program: Art History

The Art History major explores in chronological sequence the span of Western art within its proper cultural, philosophical, and historical context. Special courses on periods, issues, and individuals in Western and non-Western art give a broad overview of the complexity of human artistic expression. Access to Washington, D.C., Richmond, Baltimore, and New York City and lectures by visiting art historians keep students in touch with important art and recent developments in the field. In the internship program students gain valuable experience and career contacts by working in museums and art institutions in the Washington and Richmond areas. In addition, students have the opportunity to work in the University Galleries (Ridderhof Martin Gallery and duPont Gallery) as catalogers, researchers, administrative assistants, and exhibition installers. Exhibitions presented at the Galleries are brought in from museums around the country or are drawn from the permanent collection of over 5,000 artworks.

Graduates of the Art History Department
Art History graduates have entered graduate programs in art history at:
American University (Washington, D.C.),
City University of New York (NYC),
Columbia University (NYC),
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD),
New York University (NYC),
Oxford University (England),
Richmond College, The American International University,  London (England),
The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.),
SUNY, Stony Brook State University (State of New York),
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY),
University College, University of London (England),
University of Colorado-Boulder (Boulder, CO),
University of Delaware , Winterthur Program (Winterthur, DE),
University of Massachusetts (Amherst),
The University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA),
The University of Denver, and
Washington University (St. Louis, MO).

Internships & Jobs
Students and Art History graduates have received internships and employment at:
American Associations of Museums (Washington, D.C.),
Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, England),
Bard College, Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY),
British Museum (London, England),
Brooklyn Museum
Corcoran College of Art & Design (Washington, D.C.),
Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA),
Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, Delaware),
Ellipse Arts Center (Arlington, VA),
Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.),
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC),
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.),
National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.),
National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.),
National Postal Museum (Washington, D.C.),
The Peggy Guggenheim Museum (Venice, Italy),
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA),
The Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.),
The Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art (Washington, D.C.), and
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA).