Bachelor of Arts in Art History
By studying art history, you will gain a deep understanding of humanity’s fundamental impulse to create. You will study a range of forms of visual expression, including painting, sculpture, graphics, architecture, urbanism, garden design and spectacle, as well as modern and contemporary media. You will learn how artists from different time periods and regions, influenced by environment, society and religion, have produced artifacts of lasting resonance. And you will acquire the knowledge and terminology you need to analyze the art of the past while critically engaging with the art of the present.
Specifically, you will gain a solid familiarity with core monuments and artists, as well as with the principal subfields:
Ancient and medieval art
Renaissance and Baroque art
Modern and contemporary art
Our perspective is global, so we offer expertise in the art and architecture of Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. We also require you to become proficient in one studio art as a way of enhancing your appreciation of art-making.
Brandeis is home to a thriving arts scene. In addition to state-of-the-art studios, we boast the renowned Rose Art Museum, an extraordinary 8,000-piece collection of European and American modernism, American social realism of the 1920s and 1930s, surrealism and more. Our department often partners with the Mandel Center for the Humanities to offer lectures and artists talks. And every year Brandeis celebrates its artists through the Leonard Bernstein Festival of Creative Arts, a multi-day showcase of drama, comedy, dance, art exhibitions, poetry readings and music.
What’s more, nearby Boston and the surrounding area is a locus for superlative art institutions, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Peabody Essex Museum and Harvard University’s many museums.