The BA in Art History program provides a strong undergraduate education in art history, art connoisseurship, and art theory. Courses are offered in the major periods of Western Art History, as well as Latin American Art History, African Art History, and Asian Art History. Seniors complete their degree in advanced seminars. Making maximum use of the city's resources, classes regularly visit museums and galleries where works of art are examined and experienced firsthand. You may combine your academic studies with practical experiences in the field through museum and art gallery internships, which may be completed for credit towards the major.
Our department supports the vital role of artists as participants in society and culture. The curriculum is designed for students to develop research, creation, and analysis to achieve specific goals and learning outcomes. Art History majors develop intellectual and intuitive skills to synthesize the content of classes into an integrated understanding of visual art practice. Small class sizes allow for a high degree of individual attention. New York City extends your classroom experience, with dozens of museums, hundred of galleries, and thousands of artists’ studios.
You will learn from our distinguished faculty of internationally recognized artists who will guide and challenge you in active learning environments. We believe that students learn best when developing thinking, questioning and creative fabrication skills simultaneously – integrating subject matter/media and expressive form. In art history courses, students are required to do research, study and analyze works of contemporary and historical art from around the globe, and to write research papers.
In Learning Communities, art and art history are linked with topics in other fields including literature, philosophy, business, or science. Our lecture and exhibition series brings noteworthy exhibitions, artists, and critics on campus.
Every semester we offer Career Panels exposing students to opportunities in a myriad of art and design fields, including portfolio preparation, applying for graduate school, or installing an exhibition.
International study is available through an extensive list of Pace-affiliated universities abroad, as well as departmentally sponsored trips to destinations like Berlin or London
Collage Club and Gotham House offers our students the opportunity to become part of a social network of students with similar interests. Activities include trips to museums, films, and Broadway shows.