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Art History and Museum Professions Major

Our faculty of practicing professionals will give you an insider perspective on the art world and the chance to network with curators, museum educators, archivists, and artists.

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History of Art Minor

This minor will introduce you to the history of art, architecture, and visual culture in world civilizations from prehistory to the present. Courses emphasize the interrelation between art and the cultures that produced it, with special attention to social, economic, political, religious, and philosophical contexts.

History of Art Minor Details
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General Courses

Choose from courses on the arts of Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific islands. Study the art of diverse cultures from the prehistoric to the postmodern, as well as the specific histories of architecture, costume and fashion, industrial design, photography, and textiles. Many of our classes satisfy interdisciplinary Liberal Arts minors, such as Fashion History, Theory and Culture; Asian Studies; Ethics and Sustainability; LGBTQIA Studies; African American and Africana Studies; and Middle East and North African Studies.

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Outside the Classroom

Many professional opportunities are open to those who study art history. Visual literacy and critical and analytical skills are essential for arts marketing and publicity, advertising, arts journalism, art law, art education, fine art digital and online archiving, the science of art conservation, art librarianship, and work in costume and set design for theater, film, and television. Whatever direction you take in your career, your knowledge of art history will inspire, enlighten, and empower you.

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Visual Resources

The Visual Resources (VR) division of the History of Art department assists faculty with research and teaching. VR staff also update the Art History Collection on FITDIL, FIT’s Digital Image Library. The Art History Collection is the largest collection within FITDIL, with 60,000 images ranging from ancient to contemporary art.

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Learn From the Best

Our accomplished faculty members are active in their scholarship and committed to teaching. They will introduce you to the rise and fall of civilizations, revolutions in ideas and technology, and the forces that have changed history. Meet more History of Art faculty.

Kyunghee Pyun

Dr. Pyun specializes in Asian and European medieval art. Her research interests include the global trade of decorative arts in pre-modern Eurasia and the Americas and the usage and reception of visual art in religious performance and liturgy. Pyun received the 2018–19 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

David Drogin

Dr. Drogin specializes in Italian Renaissance art and has lectured frequently in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Italian Renaissance Sculpture Conference. Dr. Drogin has also written and lectured about contemporary art. In 2009 he was recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Business and Liberal Arts Center

Room B634
(212) 217-4640

Justine De Young

Chair

Alexander Nagel

Assistant Chair

Carmen Valerio

Department Coordinator