The discipline of art history imparts visual and intellectual skills for apprehending and understanding art works past and present. It opens up historical and cultural contexts for critical readings of works of art and architecture. It discloses how objects and spaces were conceived, produced and functioned, as well as how they were discussed and valued over time, and how they themselves became active agents of culture. In reading and thinking critically about art objects, our students learn how to conduct research, analyze visual and written sources, and develop cogent arguments delivered orally and in writing.
The History of Art program offers courses of study leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our energetic and committed students make art history one of the most popular undergraduate majors in the School of Liberal Arts. Art history at Tulane focuses largely on Europe and the Americas, the latter including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Art history shares many scholarly pursuits within the humanities, including history, language and literature, film, theatre and dance, and architecture.
Our students prepare for advanced study and careers in teaching, marketing, and professional positions in museums, auction houses, galleries, and elsewhere in the wider world of the fine arts.