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Art History

Learn the story of art, up close.

Art history is an interdisciplinary field, drawing upon philosophy, history, literature, religion, and mythology to examine works of art and their contexts. 

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The Art Museum of WVU, the Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center, and the Visiting Artist Lecture Series offer unique opportunities in your course of study and allow for curatorial exploration. Internships with regional museums and galleries are possible.

Each semester, art history field trips travel to study works in regional museums. Majors are encouraged to study abroad through several field study and study abroad programs available. Art History courses are offered abroad in the Disegno Italia program, 18th Century Painting and Photography in France and Medieval Stained Glass in France GPS Programs

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History provides a foundation in the history of art and architecture in its cultural and theoretical context. Courses in Art History introduce tools for the making and analysis of art.

The two-year Master of Arts degree in Art History emphasizes independent exploration and interdisciplinary research. The degree provides a foundation in historical and theoretical study of the history of western art, from medieval to contemporary.

Reading proficiency in one language other than English is required for the completion of the degree. Writing and speaking skills necessary to communicate clearly and effectively are required. Completion of the program culminates in the master’s thesis, which may take a variety of forms within the context of art historical and critical practices.

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