The Department of Art and Art History offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a concentration in Art History. To prepare students for a wide range of careers and graduate study, the undergraduate degree program emphasizes skills in critical thinking and visual literacy and a broad knowledge of art history across time periods and cultures. For the concentration, students are required to take courses in a variety of areas including Western and Asian art. The curriculum is diverse and ranges from survey courses to special topics seminars. Museum studies, internships, study abroad and field studies (including Italy, India, and New York) are also offered. Upper-level class sizes are small allowing students the opportunity for close interaction with faculty and peers. The art history concentration also requires two years of university-level study or equivalent proficiency in a language, complementing a student's area of focus. Recent graduates have gone on to work in museums, galleries, non-profit organizations, and other cultural institutions, or have pursued further graduate study in art history, arts education, historic preservation, arts management, and library science.
Important area resources for art history students include the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, and numerous local and regional art spaces and galleries. The department also maintains a regular program of visiting artists, scholars, and critics.
The department offers the John Schnorrenberg Scholarship in art history for undergraduate students.
For specific degree requirements, please see the current undergraduate catalog.
For information about the undergraduate program in art history, please contact:
Dr. Cathleen Cummings, Art History Undergraduate Advisor at: firstname.lastname@example.org