We offer courses on a wide range of visual traditions—from ancient to contemporary—in Africa, the Americas, East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Our students benefit from graduate-only seminars on specialized topics, lectures on broader research areas, and an annual Robert E. and Avis Tarrant Burke Lecture Series that brings art historians from other institutions to our campus to meet with graduate students and lecture on their area of expertise.
Engage with campus collections
The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collections and those of the Lilly Library, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Moving Image Archive, and the Kinsey Institute provide unique classroom and research opportunities. Faculty and students also collaborate with on-campus galleries such as the Grunwald Gallery of Art and the University Collections at the historic McCalla School – which oversees more than 50 collections on the Bloomington campus – to curate exhibitions that draw upon university resources as well as those beyond the campus. Students interested in curatorial careers may also wish to explore the Interdisciplinary Curatorship Ph.D. minor.
Benefit from area studies and language resources on campus
Our students work with faculty in various area studies programs, centers, and institutes on campus, including the African Studies Program, Cultural Studies Program, Islamic Studies Program, Renaissance Studies Program, the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Center for East Asian Languages and Cultures, Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities, and the Medieval Studies Institute.
Indiana University offers courses in more than 80 languages – from Akan to Zulu – to supplement student research. Our students regularly receive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to support their language study and research.
Join a robust alumni network
Our graduates are curators, librarians, and administrators at internationally renowned museums, research institutes, and foundations; they teach at outstanding research universities and liberal arts colleges; and work as editors, collections managers, and administrators at various arts and non-profit organizations and commercial enterprises in the United States and abroad.
We offer graduate programs leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, as well as a Ph.D. minor in Art History. We also coordinate with the Department of Information and Library Science in the Luddy School of Informatics to offer a dual M.A. in Art History and Library Science.