School of Art | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Art History

The ASU Art History Program, one of the largest units in the School of Art, is a dynamic center for the investigation of the visual. We seek to train students to engage with visuality in multiple ways and offer a diverse curriculum intended to foster critical understanding of aesthetics, production, patronage and consumption of art. We have three degree tracks: B.A. (Art History; Museum Studies), M.A. (in Art History), and a cross-institute Ph.D. (in Design, Environment and the Arts). We work to tailor programs to student interests at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our nine full-time faculty study objects and images across time periods (from ancient to contemporary culture) and geographies around the world (Asian, European, the Americas), embracing multiple approaches and methodologies. We work at the intersections between disciplines, investigating media, geographies, borders, margins, interstices, points of mediation and technological developments throughout history. Collectively we also focus on four “niche” areas in our teaching, research and community activities: images and technologies; art in social and political contexts; histories and theories of visual culture; and art and visuality.

An 18-hour minor also is available to students who wish to complement their undergraduate degree with art history studies.

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