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Art History Degree

Art History StudentWhat is Art History?

Art History is a liberal arts discipline in which the history of world cultures is examined through the lens of created objects (paintings, sculpture, architecture, stained glass, ceramics, textiles, prints and the graphic arts, drawings, metalwork and jewelry, urban spaces, video and digital media). Interdisciplinary by nature, the Art History undergraduate degree brings together aspects of philosophy, theology, anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, studio arts, history and archaeology to interpret works of art from a variety of points of view, utilizing a host of methodologies. Art Historians are keen observers. They are historians who anchor their research in purposefully made objects and sites. Art Historians are scholars who interpret the built environment and material culture for others.

What makes Walsh's Art History degree curriculum unique?

  • Small class sizes and close faculty-student interaction
  • Opportunities to intern at area art museums, arts organizations and galleries, many of which are located right in Northeast Ohio
  • Excellent library resources through OhioLink, ArtStor, and other databases for art and architecture
  • Options to double-major or minor in Accounting, Marketing, Management, Chemistry, English-Writing, History, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Theology, or a Foreign Language
  • Global Learning opportunities in Rome, London, Paris, or other major art centers
  • Students have the option to enroll in Walsh's new 4+1 Program for non-business majors who would like to supplement their bachelor's degree with an MBA. Through the program, students simultaneously earn undergraduate and graduate credit for Walsh's MBA Prep Series courses, saving both time and money as students pursue their advanced degree. 

Art History Students in Rome

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

  • All students take an introductory survey in Art History, a philosophy course in Aesthetics, a one-semester internship, and a senior seminar.
  • Each student writes a capstone research paper in his or her senior year.
  • Students choose one studio arts class (Drawing, Visual Order, Graphic Design) and one diversity course (Arts of Asia, Africa, and Islam, OR Native Americans, African Americans, and Women in the Arts).
  • Students choose five electives among a host of special topics, such as Greek and Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, American Art & Architecture, Modern Art, History of Photography, and Global Contemporary Art.


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