The B.A. in Art History is a liberal arts major which focuses on understanding and interpreting the visual arts within historical contexts. Skills developed in this program of study include knowledge and appreciation of various Western and non-Western cultures and their arts. Also stressed are awareness of the creative process in the arts, written and oral communication, critical and creative thinking, and the relationship between the arts and other humanities. This major provides students with the foundation necessary for graduate study and for careers requiring a background in art history such as work in galleries and museums.
The study of a foreign language is required for all majors. Also, additional courses in the humanities and in museum training are strongly recommended, especially for students who intend to pursue graduate study.
Student Testimonial by Alumnus Alejandro Anreus (B.A. Art History)
Associate Professor of Art History and Latin American Studies
William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
"I received a solid and well-grounded undergraduate art history education at Kean. My courses ranged from the basic foundations to upper level classes ranging from 18th century art to American art, and culminating with the senior seminar "Problems in Art History." I was also mentored by faculty such as Alan Wallach, Carla Lord and Zara Cohan. My education at Kean prepared me for graduate school; I completed my PhD at the Graduate Center, CUNY in 1997."