SUNY Geneseo's Department of Art History is housed in Brodie Hall. The hall was designed by architect Edgar Tafel, a noted designer of the second wave of American modernist architects who followed the innovative designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Brodie Hall houses the Departments of Art History, Theater and Dance, and Music into an integrated Arts area that combines creative expression with scholarship.
The Department of Art History provides students with the opportunity to explore the history of art as undergraduate scholars interested in careers in the Arts. The Department offers linked programs in Art History (Major/Minor), Museum Studies (Minor) and an Education Concentration (School of Education), while encouraging students to develop their knowledge of Business practices (School of Business), through connected coursework. Additionally, the Department offers hybrid courses in the history and technique of Drawing and Watercolor, combining scholarly interest in history with studio practice.
Course offerings include a diverse range of courses from: Ancient to Contemporary, with an emphasis in identity studies, global outreach, art and politics, architectural history, urban planning, resource management, gender studies and new media, with special interest areas in: Latin American, Asian, African American, with inclusion of areas of special interest in Asian, Islamic, Judaic and diverse Christian traditions.
The Program's faculty includes scholars with international, national and regional reputations and networks of contacts, who can assist students interested in pursuing Study Abroad experiences and in conducting research or pursuing internships in a variety of venues.