At Catholic University, we explore the spirit of art from the earliest Paleolithic cave paintings rendered over 30,000 years ago to cutting-edge contemporary galleries. Students majoring in Art History are introduced to a broad range of ancient, medieval, Renaissance, baroque, modern, and contemporary art works. In this process, students are also introduced to a diversity of methodologies for understanding art objects formally and analytically in their social, political, and economic context.

The B.A. in Art History at Catholic University fully capitalizes on its Washington D.C. connections. Art History majors are constantly utilizing area museums for research, field trips, internships and even entire courses. Our alumni are fully prepared for graduate studies, with many enrolling in competitive M.A. and Ph.D programs after graduating. Many more find employment in Washington D.C.'s robust museum and gallery 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