Department majors acquire a broad understanding of the history of art in several chronological and geographical areas: ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Africa. Additionally, majors practice a range of art historical methods and interpretive strategies, including connoisseurship, dendrochronology, feminism, iconography, semiotics, and social history. Majors are encouraged to locate the history of art within allied humanities fields and the applied arts by taking courses in history, literature, history of architecture, and fine arts. The study of foreign languages is encouraged strongly.
A minor in Visual Studies is another option for undergraduates interested in an interdisciplinary approach to art history.