Why Art History?

  • Good art and good conversation at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery
  • At The Burren, County Clare, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)
  • At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)
  • Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (UMM Spring Break Trip)
  • Art History Book Award Winners, 2014
  • Vatican (2006 Spring Break Trip)
  • Rome (2010 Spring Break Trip)
  • Transfixed by art at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery
  • Art History Book Award Recipient, 2015

Good art and good conversation at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

At The Burren, County Clare, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (UMM Spring Break Trip)

Art History Book Award Winners, 2014

On tour at the Vatican (UMM Spring Break Trip)

UMMers mercifully pardoned by Marcus Aurelius in Rome

Transfixed by art at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

Art History Book Award Recipient, 2015

The art history major coursework includes:

Three core courses that survey the history of art through the ages

  • Principles of Art
  • Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Renaissance to Modern Art 

Two introductory studio art classes

  • This component offers the chance to understand how art is made and introduces students to some of the creative and technical challenges faced by the artists

One capstone course 

  • Students reflect on the work they have done in the major

The art history minor corsework includes:

  • Three core courses
  • Three electives

Core courses and electives are repeated regularly, and there is typically no requirement to take courses in any given order. This gives students the freedom to move through the curriculum following their interests and needs. Because of this, and because it fosters multifaceted, interdisciplinary thinking, art history is a frequent choice for those wishing to double major.

The Art History Discipline minor offers students the chance to engage in an extensive program of study that can easily be appended to a focus in another major.