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Art History

Engage the societal role of art.

People have been exploring ideas and expressing their thoughts and feelings by producing art throughout history. By studying art history, you will learn how art embodies and reflects cultural, economic, gender, political, religious and social dynamics.

  • 100%

    of our majors take a selection of studio courses to give them direct experience with the making of art

  • 100%

    of students complete a language requirement


    accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

A High-Quality Education

  • Core Program
  • Jonathan Riess Undergraduate Art History Colloquium
  • Experiential Learning
  • All first year students are enrolled in the innovative, interdisciplinary Core Program integrating the beginning of their art history studies with a signature humanities-based program.

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    Our majors are encouraged to present papers at this regional colloquium that brings together faculty and students from regional colleges and universities

    Our students pursue internships with the Dayton Art Institute, the Contemporary Dayton and other local arts organizations. Our faculty work closely with students in securing internship opportunities at museums and galleries in Ohio and across the nation.

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    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about art history? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3237. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Dean's Summer Fellowship

    Work with a faculty mentor on your self-directed research project as a Dean's Summer Fellow.

    Celebration of the Arts

    The Celebration of the Arts is held each spring in conjunction with the annual Stander Symposium.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Art and Design

    Fitz Hall, Room 250
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923


    student-to-faculty ratio for art and design majors