A degree in Art History

A dynamic center for the investigation of culture and the visual arts

The art history program offers a rich and diverse curriculum that explores art's history in economic, social and political contexts, and the relationship of visual art to other disciplines, such as literature, science, anthropology, media and performance studies. The program offers several degree tracks: a BA in art history and museum studies; an MA in art (art history) and a PhD in art history, theory and criticism, as well as a minor in art history, available to students who wish to complement their undergraduate degree in other majors. The faculty emphasize critical concepts in their teaching including a close study of artists, objects and technologies and mentor students at all levels of study.

In May 2018, ASU partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a new master’s fellowship designed to increase diversity among museum professionals.

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Explore our art history programs

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Art (Art History), BA

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Art History, MA

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Art History, minor

history theory criticism phd

Design, Environment and the Arts (History, Theory, and Criticism), PhD

Meet our Art History faculty

Art History program coordinator

ASU-LACMA fellowship director