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Bachelor of Arts

Art History

Program of Study

Explore three possible tracks of study to tailor your program to your individual career goals and interests. 


Art History Research and Internships

Build a thorough portfolio of skills and knowledge that will prepare you for a career in the art world, as well as graduate school in art history, visual resources curating and management, other art-related graduate programs, and museum studies. You can incorporate internships into this plan for hands-on professional experience. 


Film Studies

Take advantage of the option to fulfill your art history requirements with coursework in Film Studies. Critical studies courses on film history, theory, criticism, and contemporary film topics can accompany video production courses or other hands-on learning and creative output projects.


Honors Program in Art History

An Honors Program in Art History allows declared Art History majors who have excelled in at least their first 12 credits of Art History coursework to pursue an advanced program of study and independent research. The Honors program will prepare you for pursuing in-depth graduate work in art history, art conservation, museum studies, or film studies.


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Sarah R. Cohen, Director of the Art History Program, at scohen@albany.edu.

Core Courses

Choose three:

  • Survey of Art in the Western World I and II
  • The Art of Medieval Knighthood
  • Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • Art in France from Absolutism to Impressionism
  • Introduction to Ancient Art: Greek and Roman Mural Painting and Floor Mosaic
  • Contemporary Art: A Global Perspective

Choose one:

  • Art and Society in Early Modern France
  • Research Seminar in Art History


Lower Division Electives

6 credits


Upper Division Electives

18 credits

 

See the full Art History Curriculum

Content

Career Outcomes

With a degree in Art History, you can work in a variety of settings, from museums and galleries to classrooms and offices. Common career choices for Art History majors include:

  • Museum Curator
  • Art conservation
  • Art educator
  • Museum marketing and public relations
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Appraiser
  • Gallerist
  • Digital Image Curator / Visual Information Manager
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Montage of still images from three different student projects made for Dr. Shira Segal's advanced film studies courses, including Ryan Macri's Cinematic Poem, Dustin Connors' Seeing Trauma, and David de Lira Garcia's The Girl and the Bird. Building on our strengths in critical studies in film history, theory, and criticism, students also have the option to make creative final projects or to take video production courses such as History and Practice of Video Art, and Experimental Film and Video in the department.

Students in the class “Women in Art from the Renaissance to Impressionism “ view the exhibition “The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle” with curator Diane Shewchuk at the Albany Institute of History and Art in Fall 2019
Students in the class “Women in Art from the Renaissance to Impressionism “ view the exhibition “The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle” with curator Diane Shewchuk at the Albany Institute of History and Art in Fall 2019

"The Art History program at UAlbany gave me an excellent foundation for my academic career. The opportunity to take smaller, more focused seminars on a wide range of topics prepared me for graduate school and beyond. I came out of the program well-equipped to write and talk about art and material culture from a variety of perspectives and with diverse audiences. My current work as a librarian and educator would not be possible without the visual literacy and critical thinking skills that I gained during my undergraduate studies."

-Jasmine Burns, Honors student alumna

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Analyze visual and structural features of works of art and architecture.
  • Identify and describe salient aspects of form, structure, and medium.
  • Use art historical terminology.
  • Interpret cultural significance of art, and architecture.
  • Identify, analyze iconography and representational, symbolic elements; assess meaning from perspective of artist, patron, viewer, and/or function. Identify cultural artifacts influencing work of art.
  • Practice key elements of the discipline of art history.
  • Compare/contrast images and structures using traditional art historical practice.
  • Identify scholarly resources for research in art history; present findings in oral and written form.
  • Relate works of art and architecture to their wider historical context.
  • Locate works of art and architecture within a chronological framework.
  • Identify key historical events, movements, and ideologies that impinge upon artistic production.
  • Write coherently and persuasively in the art historical idiom. Formulate coherent sentences and essays. Assess and revise writing for accuracy and effectiveness of argumentation.

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Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies