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Art history explores the visual world.
Art history is the study of objects and images in painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, furniture, ceramics, installations and many other visual forms. Our courses span the globe and different historical periods — from ancient Rome, Islamic cultures, medieval Paris and Renaissance Italy, to Indian cinema, American painting, contemporary photography and modern architecture. In studying art history, our students learn to appreciate works of art and architecture in their historical and cultural settings. We seek to provide the language necessary to analyze and interpret objects, images, as well as built and landscaped environments, so that students may develop a critical voice and a sophisticated vocabulary for examining and evaluating all aspects of the visual world.
Meet our talented faculty and staff, and learn about their teaching and research.
Study cultures across the globe, from ancient to contemporary, and engage directly with objects in nearby museums.
Find major and minor requirements, course selection advice, department award opportunities, and guidelines for independent and thesis research.
The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum serves as a classroom for many courses and offers internships, employment and a Student Guide program.
A semester or year studying abroad is especially relevant to a major’s understanding of global art and architecture.
Find advice and guidance from the department and alumnae for pursuing career opportunities.
internships, graduate school and careers domestically and abroad.
Alumnae describe their careers and journeys through art history.
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