The Bachelor of Arts in Art History provides a foundation in the history of art and architecture in its cultural and theoretical context. School of Art and Design courses in Art History introduce tools for the making and analysis of art, including the history of works of art, the language of art and the cultural context for works of art.
WVU is the only public or private institution in West Virginia that offers a B.A. in art history.
Art History graduates can find employment in a variety of fields ranging from business to education. Their broad background allows them to work in a variety of different professions and careers.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearARHS 120 Survey of Art History 1 ART 191 First-Year Seminar-CCA GEOL 101 Planet Earth ENGL 101 Composition And Rhetoric MATH 126C College Algebra 3-Day
Senior YearARHS 401 Senior Project-Capstone HIST 412 Introduction to Public History ARHS 493F SPTP:Roman Art/Architecture ARHS 495 Independent Study ART 211 Figure Drawing
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Art History courses are offered abroad in Disegno Italia, 18th Century Painting and Photography in France, and Medieval Stained Glass in France GPS programs.
- The new WVU Art Museum, scheduled to open in August 2015, will house nearly 3,000 works in the University’s collection, as well as visiting exhibits.
- The Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center host national and international exhibitions and distinguished visiting artists.
- Global Positioning Studies courses encourage School of Art and Design students to engage the world as a fertile ground for art making and critical research.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The School of Art and Design is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is the only school in the state with this distinction. Only about 220 schools nationwide are accredited by this body.