Art & Art History

Art History Concentration

The Art History faculty and curriculum provide students with the critical and methodological tools needed to analyze visual culture and its role in history. The study of art history provides a significant contribution to a liberal arts education, especially in a world increasingly shaped by the circulation and exchange of visual information and images.

Students who choose a concentration in Art History benefit from a firm grounding in art historical methods, issues and theories. The Art History major enables students to develop modes of critical seeing and greater awareness of historical and cultural diversity. The ability to understand the effects and possibilities of images and visual data extends beyond the classroom and equips art history students for a broad range of careers and pursuits after graduation.

The annual Janson-LaPalme Lecture in European Art History brings internationally known scholars to campus for a public lecture.

Washington College offers excellent study abroad options for students in Art History.