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College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University

history of art

History of Art

Majors take courses ranging widely across chronological periods and geographical areas, with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural developments. The department teaches a variety of art-historical methods and interpretive strategies, including connoisseurship, feminism, iconography, semiotics and social history. Majors develop skills in critical thinking and astute observation that serve them well in any future endeavor. While many history of art majors pursue careers in museums, galleries, auction houses, publishing, design, business and academia, others find that art history continues to be a vital interest for them in their careers as lawyers, doctors, bankers, and stockbrokers. A concentration/minor in Visual Studies is offered to majors and non majors.

Interesting Classes

  • Looking for Love: Visual and Literary Cultures of Love in the Medieval Mediterranean 1100-1400
  • Studies in Modern Art
  • Iconography of Greek Myth
  • Art and Social Histories
  • Exhibiting Cultures: Museums, Monuments, Representation, and Display

Students went on to...

  • Study history of art at Stanford
  • Study art business at Sotheby's Institute of Art
  • Be a gallery assistant at N'nemdi Gallery

More Information

More information for the History of Art major, History of Art minor, History of Art graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.