Art History Major

Sample Courses

  • Art and Religion in the West
  • Avant-Garde Modernism
  • Museum Studies
  • Renaissance Europe

Popular Electives

  • Cultural Dance of Asian Peoples
  • History of Western Art: Prehistoric–Gothic
  • History of Western Art: Renaissance–Rococo
  • History of Western Art: Neoclassic–Contemporary
  • Philosophy of the Arts
  • Religion, Society, and Culture
  • Scene Painting for the Theatre
  • Urban Historical Geography
  • Visual Culture Today

Recent Internships

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Aurora Town Historian Office
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Sotheby’s, NYC
  • Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Alumni Spotlight

Phoebe Stucke ’21

Major: Anthropology

Minors: Art History, Museum Studies

Career: Stucke is working on a master’s in museum studies (collections management track) at George Washington University and serves as a collections intern at the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History.

Art History Major

Why study art history at Geneseo?
Art history at Geneseo is a global and practical field that includes visual culture, visual communication, and museum studies. Course offerings span the entire history of art and visuality from ancient to contemporary eras, with broad focus areas covering identity studies, global outreach, art and politics, architectural history, urban planning, resource management, gender studies, and new media. Special interest areas cover Latin American, African American, medieval and Renaissance Islamic, Judaic, and diverse Christian traditions.

In addition to studying a wide range of topics, art history majors acquire essential skills: critical theory, research writing, and visual analysis all form part of the curriculum. Graduates have entered art-related careers such as museum curator or director, art consultant or conservator, exhibition designer, or scholarly book editor. Many art history majors also pursue careers in law, medicine, or business.


Program Options

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Program Highlights

  • The department boasts both a high retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.
  • Course offerings are linked to related Geneseo programs, women’s and gender studies, Latin American studies, and medieval studies.
  • The faculty includes scholars with international, national, and regional reputations.
  • Faculty networks of contacts can assist students interested in studying abroad, conducting research, or pursuing internships.
  • The student-managed Kinetic Gallery on campus offers students opportunities to get involved in exhibition programming and design.  
  • Students join the Art History Association and participate in the Annual Art History Symposium, where they present their work.
  • A museum studies project titled The College as Museum: Preserving SUNY, Geneseo’s Brodie Hall works toward developing a preservation and sustainability profile for the college’s significant modernist building, designed by the architect Edgar Tafel.

Example Careers

  • Art Administrator, Appraiser, or Conservator
  • College or University Professor
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Fine Art Transporter
  • Gallery or Auction House Assistant
  • Museum Curator, Director, Educator, or Registrar
  • Public Arts Projects Manager
  • Scholarly Researcher or Book Editor

Recent Employers

  • Bonham’s, London
  • Christie’s, New York
  • Museum of the Bible, NYC
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art
  • Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
  • Wheaton College

Recent Grad Schools

  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Parsons School of Design–The New School
  • St. Andrews, Scotland
  • University of the Arts, London
  • Vrije University Amsterdam

Contact Info

Alla Myzelev, Department Chair
Brodie Hall 224

Art History Department

Art History Faculty

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