Art History, B.A.

School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

Program Overview

As an art history student, you will get a diverse understanding of art and culture, with an emphasis on global art and interdisciplinary connections. Through a close examination of the artistic achievements of human civilizations, you’ll explore many forms of expression, including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, visual culture, and fashion.

Art History, B.A.

Where You'll Go

With a background and training in art history, you could go on to become an archivist, curator, conservator, art restorer, art dealer, art auctioneer, architect or architectural historian, teacher, museum worker, or any number of related professions.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (33–36 Credits)

The art history major is writing intensive.

The department chair, with the approval of the chair of the department’s undergraduate curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

Art 1050 or Core Studies 2.1 or Core Curriculum 1120 or Art 1010 or, with permission of the chairperson, Art 1150.

Art 22103066, and 4190.

Art 2211 or 2310.

Eighteen additional credits in art history courses chosen from at least three of the following subject areas:

  • Ancient and medieval art
  • Early modern European art
  • Modern European and American art
  • Asian, African, and Oceanic art, and indigenous art of the Americas
  • Architecture
  • Special studies

Special topics and honors courses in the above subject areas can count toward the fulfillment of the subject-area requirement with permission of the instructor and the chair.

Foreign language requirement for the major:

  • Completion at the college’s course-level 2 (the second semester of a language) of French, German, or another language of the student’s choice relating to their field of study, or passing an examination demonstrating an equivalent proficiency in reading and writing the chosen language.
  • Exemptions from the foreign language requirement will be granted to students who have completed three years of the language in secondary school or passed the Regents level-3 examination or whose native language is other than English but who in the latter case must pass a Department of Modern Languages and Literatures proficiency examination.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Visual Literacy—Identify unique characteristics of several artistic traditions and recognize/analyze differences among the major periods, artists genres, and theories of art. Students should be able to apply basic art historical concepts to artworks they are viewing in a museum (either with a professor or on their own).
  • Critical Thinking—Use terms of art historical analysis correctly and be able to apply them to unfamiliar works.
  • Writing Proficiency—Write clearly and analytically, with papers including precise thesis statements, well-constructed arguments, and thoughtful conclusions.
  • Cultural Awareness—Have the ability to identify and distinguish between forms of art based on their culture of origin and to understand culturally specific meanings and interpretations.

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Contact the Art Department for information on academic advisers and office hours.

Or contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

To make an appointment with an undergraduate admissions counselor, visit:

Virtual Admissions Counselor Appointments

Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the art history B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Children’s Museum in Brooklyn
  • Jewish Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Rubin Museum
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Various art galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan

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