About the Program


The department provides its students with the skills and perspectives of the liberal arts; to think clearly, to write well, and to find, analyze, evaluate, and present facts and ideas. It also provides students with a broad, humanistic background, an advantageous resource among the disciplines of law, business, and medicine. Students often combine art history with a major in one of these respective areas. The major also soundly prepares students for graduate study. Professional careers in art history including teaching (most often at the college level), museum work, and work in the art market, usually require additional study at the graduate level leading to the M.A. and Ph.D.


The fifteen full-time faculty members are renowned for their teaching ability and scholarship. Among the many honors presented to the faculty are Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, visiting Senior Fellowships at the Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities, an election to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Mellon Professorship at the American Academy in Rome, and a Mellon Professorship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Each student is given the opportunity to work closely with one or more of these distinguished professors.


Approximately 100 students major in art history. Some introductory lecture courses are large; however, many courses are taught as seminars, with enrollment limited to twelve students. The lecture courses are usually survey courses (e.g., Baroque Art in Europe; Buddhist Art from India to Japan; Modern Art); the seminars may focus on one or two artists, a narrowly defined period, or a theme. The department offers over thirty courses, so there is a wide range of choices available. Independent study options exist, and many majors take courses in studio art as well. Students are also encouraged to take courses in architectural history offered by the School of Architecture.

Art History Course Listings

Additional Information

For more information, contact the McIntire Department of Art, Fayerweather Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (434) 924- 6123; Fax: (434) 924-3647.

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