Founded in the 1950s, the B.A. in Art History at Catholic University is one of the oldest history of art programs in the Nation's Capital; and it capitalizes on its D.C. connections. Art History majors are supported in their efforts to gain internships at the many area galleries; and our professors regularly bring students to museums to do research, meet professionals in the field, and for study tours. Some of our most popular courses are taught entirely in the world class museums on and near the National Mall. This means that our students have professional connections before they graduate; and our alumni are fully prepared for graduate study, with many enrolling in competitive M.A. and Ph.D programs after college. Many more find employment in Washington D.C.'s robust arts scene.

Please contact advisor Dr. Nora Heimann for more information.

Art History Overview:

Core Foundation:
  • ART 211 - History of Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages
  • ART 212 - History of Art: From the Renaissance to the Modern Age
  • ART 332 - Contemporary Art
Historical Focus:
  • x1 course in Ancient Medieval
  • x1 course in Renaissance / Baroque
  • x1 course in Modern / Contemporary
  • x5 additional Art History electives
Studio Art Exposure:
  • x1 Studio Art elective, such as painting or drawing
  • ART 361 - Junior Seminar
  • ART 451A - Senior Art History Coordinating Seminar


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    Meet Our Alumni

    "The small size of the classes, the availability and generosity of the professors, and the overall spirit of curiosity, fostered a deep understanding of the arts and humanities. I was challenged to think critically and to reason thoroughly, ultimately leading to a passion for modern art and desire to share it in a museum setting."

    —Rachel Tanzi, (‘16 B.A. Art History)
    Education Assistant, Public Programs at National Gallery of Art

    Read what alumni have to say about the Department of Art