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Art History

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We live in an increasingly visual world. Art history offers compelling ways to analyze and interpret our cultural environments, to think critically and perceptively about our shared humanity and diversity, and to develop observational skills that promote meaningful acts of “seeing” over simply “looking.”  Most art history courses emphasize the study of works of art in relation to historical, political, social, aesthetic, and environmental contexts to train students how to research, reflect, and express ideas effectively. Innovative approaches link the study of the history of art to other fields of inquiry in the liberal arts and sciences to engage students through global experiences, interdisciplinary practices, career-oriented internships, and new technologies. Art history is a uniquely creative field for students who are discovery oriented with wide ranging interests.

What does art history offer?

Art history as a program of study combines a broad education with a vast array of transferrable skills. Employers rate highly many of the core skills students learn from the study of art history including creative expression, attention to detail, flexible thinking, problem solving, openness to new ideas, cultural awareness, and human relations. These skills are further honed through engagement with local art-related activities, options for internships at the Frist Museum of Art in Nashville, semester-away opportunities through the Belmont USA program, as well as global experiences available in a rotating schedule of Maymester and summer courses with travel to Japan, the United Kingdom, Greece, Germany and other destinations.

What happens after graduating?

The minor is Art History is designed to complement major studies in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. Survey courses provide students with a broad introduction to historical and contemporary art and architecture to enhance skills in visual analysis and interpretation and develop an appreciation of the value and diversity of cultural heritage. Special Topics Seminar courses in art history relate visual images to inquires about society, gender, economics, religion, politics, philosophy, psychology, and culture. 



"The Art History program at Belmont University exceeded my expectations. I was constantly challenged to engage in high-level discussions and interpretations of art, opening my mind to a world of possibilities."
—Anna Chappell, 2011 Graduate with a BA in Art History


Art History Minor

Art has served a unique role in every society from the beginning of time to the present. Visual art and architecture defines human history and communicates the essential truths of every culture and society.

This minor provides students an opportunity to explore focused topics in Art History by means of the two standard survey courses, four seminars in specialized topics such as Greek and Roman art.

Coursework may be completed entirely at Belmont or in combination with a Study Abroad Program. See course requirements here.