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Art History


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.


Past examples include:

Greek Art and Archaeology - Students explored the interface between material culture and its social con-text either at the Louisiana State Museum or as a tutor at the Sophie B. Wright secondary school.

Pompeii: Life in a Roman Town - Students helped Longue Vue House and Gardens develop a landscape manual/database.  Students also conducted a “Quality of Life” survey in the 7th Ward.

Artist as a Global Traveler - Students acted as curatorial/ education assistants, supporting the curatorial and education staff of local art galleries or museums in preparing exhibitions of artists who are traveling to the city to show their work.

Sequential Art and Visual Narrative - Students learned the “story” of an individual, a group of people, an object, or a traditional practice and developed images and text that convey this story alongside the partner. After multiple exchanges and reviews of the information, a publishable document was manifested.


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.


Tulane offers study abroad programs for Art History majors in the following cities:

  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Perth, Australia
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Valparaiso, Chile
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Paris, France
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Florence, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Hirakata, Japan
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Prague, Czech Republic


  • Ruben to Rembrandt: Flemish and Dutch Art of the 17th Century
  • Introduction to African American Art and Visual Culture, c. 1700-1945 Contemporary Art since 1950
  • Romanesque and Gothic Art
  • Art and Desire in the Renaissance Courts
  • Theaters of the Baroque


Elizabeth Hill Boone
Professor and Chair