About this program
Studying art history allows students to explore the historical, social, philosophical, and political contexts in which art is made, and to consider the various theoretical perspectives utilized to interpret it. The art history major includes courses on both Western and non-Western art, as well as museum studies courses. Art history majors are encouraged to study abroad, both to experience the cultures in which the art they're studying was created and to develop an understanding of the ways in which different societies value and produce different art forms. One benefit that makes the art history program at the University of Richmond distinctive is the extent to which students can work on exhibitions sponsored by the University Museums. Also rare is the year-long senior thesis that provides art history majors with the opportunity to research and write about a topic that is of interest to them. Students publicly present their theses at the annual Student Symposium. Both of these experiences, the writing and presenting of the thesis, form a solid foundation for many endeavors after graduation.
The opportunities for art history majors are as diverse as the students are. Some go on to graduate school in order to become academics themselves or to work in museums; others choose to work for non-profit art organizations, auction houses, and galleries. Still others have used their sensitivity to differences in cultures to work in organizations such as the Peace Corps. The critical skills emphasized in the study of art history translate into a wide range of professions. For instance, a graduate pursued a degree in international relations at the University of Chicago and others are studying law.
Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).
International Admission Requirements
English Proficiency Policy
You can demonstrate English proficiency by:
- Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
- Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
- Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
- Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
- Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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The Art History Major & Minor courses
- Survey I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages
- Survey II: Renaissance to the Present
- Museum Studies, and Philanthropy in the Arts
- Art Theories and Methodologies
- Thesis: Research Seminar
- Thesis: Research Project
- Individual Internship
- Introduction to Archaeology
- Greek Art and Archeology
- Roman Art and Archeology
- Archaeology of the Middle East
- Philosophy of Art
- Sacred Arts of India
- Sacred Arts of Native America
- Late Antique and Medieval Art
- Renaissance and Baroque Art (1300-1700)
- The History of Art after 1700
- Non-western Art History
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.
Skills You Will Gain as a Art History Major
- Strong analytical skills of visual objects and texts
- Understanding multiple approaches to problems
- Ability to critically examine various historical and theoretical perspectives
- Ability to make an argument utilizing visual and historical evidence
- Strong research and writing skills
- Ability to articulate verbally ideas about art and culture
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