Students looking at documents in the archives

Art History

In art history, students develop a critical understanding of art as a history of human culture that both shapes and responds to people, societies, politics, and identities. The skills art history classes teach through visual and written analysis enhance all students’ abilities in literate communication. We encourage cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies and study abroad. Our majors go on to work in architecture, arts management, community service, development, education, law, and museums and galleries.

Department News

Owen Daley ’20 looking at different pieces in the Print and Drawing study room in Burling Library Feb. 2019

Changing Direction

An internship at the Stanley Museum of Art helped one student discover his future by exploring the past.
Students in Art History class taught by Jenny Anger

The Art of Discovery

In the Art History Senior Seminar, students pursue their own interests, conduct independent research, and discover new ways of learning.
Tourists on steps in front of huge Buddha carved into a cliff

Global Learning from Grinnell to Dunhuang

A research project in China was just the beginning of this student’s educational journey.

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