College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

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Undergraduate Studies

Visual expression is a vital part of what gives meaning to consciousness, which is why it occupies an important place in the liberal arts curriculum. The Department of Art History offers students the chance to study how art and visual culture participate in economic, political, social, and spiritual practices, as well as shape the human imagination. As part of their training, our students work directly with the collections of the Fine Arts Library, Indiana University Art Museum, Kinsey Institute, Lilly Library, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and Monroe County Historical Society as well as the Grunwald Gallery and John Waldron Art Center. In addition, we present regular lectures by leading scholars of art history.

We offer majors and minors for the B.A. degree, with courses that address general theories of visual communication as well as the history of particular cultures. Recent course topics include: The Art and Archaeology of Rome; Magic, Science, and Art in Africa; The Gothic Cathedral; Art in the Time of Leonardo and Michelangelo; The Graphic Novel; Pop Art and Minimalism; and Toys and the Visual Culture of Play.

Prospective students interested in pursuing a major in art history should apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Current students should look at our information on majoring and minoring in the subject and browse our course offerings.

Department of Art History
1201 East 7th Street, Office 132
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556