The Art History program is committed to exploring the visual arts (painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography, and decorative arts) and today’s broad and immersive visual world as tools for exploring and decoding culture. The Art History faculty members use a diverse range of methodological approaches to help students attain the necessary tools and knowledge to understand our visual world. Courses are offered from ancient to contemporary art history, with specific attention to social history, gender, sexuality and race, post-colonialism, the context of history and politics, and myth and narrative. An art history major is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in the arts, but it is equally valuable for those seeking to develop visual, analytical and communication skills.
Art History Minor
Art202 Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY 14260-6010
Why study Art History Minor at UB?
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
- Acquire analytical skills to enable them to access meanings in visual images and develop a visual literacy.
- Acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art and visual culture in a particular historical period and/or world culture.
- Develop skills in critical writing, including the organization of a thesis and its defense.
- Acquire skills and methods for conducting historical research.
- Acquire a substantial understanding of art as a specific epistemic and historically important category of human expression and discovery.
The Learning Environment
The Art History program takes place in lecture halls and small seminar rooms, in on-campus museums and galleries and in the museums and the rich architectural landscape of Buffalo. Introductory-level lectures train students in techniques of visual decoding. Subsequent classes mix lectures with engaged student discussion and participation. Advanced students participate in a capstone course for seniors and have the option to take seminars and work closely with professors.
About Our Facilities
In addition to a variety of classrooms, UB Art History boasts access to multiple on-campus galleries that provide a continuous stream of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and offer an array of internship opportunities for students.
About Our Faculty
Our faculty is concentrated in the modern and contemporary period, and we are also strong in ancient art and the relationship between art and political activism. Our faculty are specialists in theory, early 20th-century European art, performance and post-war American art — all examined with careful attention to questions of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity.
The highly ranked Department of Art faculty and staff consist of professionally and internationally active artists, scholars and technicians who make available a diverse range of discourse and expertise. A partial list of the fellowships secured by our faculty suggests its strength: Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Warhol Foundation, Terra Foundation, Smithsonian, Fulbright Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, American Association of University Women, American Academy in Berlin, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Teaching staff in the Department of Art include approximately 21 teaching assistants and 10 adjunct instructors annually.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Art History department website for additional information about our faculty.
As our culture moves increasingly from text-based literacy to visual literacy, the ability to analyze images will increasingly position our students at the center of contemporary culture. We examine not only what images may mean, but as importantly, how they mean. Art history provides a student with a broad overview of world history and draws upon multiple disciplines. Majors receive an excellent liberal arts background and some pursue careers as curators or archivists at the many museums and galleries across the country. Others use the art history degree to hone their intellectual abilities for careers in media, advertising, publishing, fashion, design and art therapy. Students go on to graduate school, seeking to teach and do research, or work in museums, businesses, government and non-profit organizations at a high level.
The Department of Art has a full-time advisor on staff to assist as they make decisions about their educational directions. The Department of Art advisor can help plan academic programs, explore scholarship options, find independent study and internship opportunities, and help the student keep on track to successfully graduate and enter the job market.
Academic Advising Contact Information
The advisor for The Department of Art, Lisa Hewitt, in Center for the Arts 205, is available to advise undergraduate students in the Art History and Art Programs.
Scholarships and Financial Support
One four-year scholarship covering all resident tuition and fees, minus any other aid received, is available to an undergraduate Honors student in the creative or performing arts. To be considered, students must have an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of at least 27. A personal interview and a separate scholarship application are required. Contact the Honors College to request an application.