Overview of Program
The Department of Art History offers courses for undergraduates in
the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gallatin Program, the Tisch
School of the Arts, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education,
and Human Development. Reflecting this focus on undergraduate
education, faculty members of the Department are chosen both for their
outstanding achievements as scholars and for their dedication to
teaching. We offer courses in the history of Western art and
architecture from antiquity to the present and in a wide variety of
other traditions, from Latin America to East Asia, South Asia, and the
Islamic world. The former New York Times art critic John Russell called
us "the best undergraduate department of art history in the country."
hundreds of museums, galleries, and notable works of architecture in
New York make NYU the ideal place in which to pursue an interest in the
visual arts. Some of our courses are taught at these locations, in the
presence of the actual works of art. Others draw on our vast slide
collection and our new digital database.
The Department offers
two undergraduate majors, one in Art History and another in Urban
Design and Architecture Studies. Art History majors may minor in Studio
Art at the Steinhardt School. Art History may also be combined (as
either a major or a minor) with a second major in another department.
Some of our graduates have gone on to distinguished careers as
curators, critics, scholars, art dealers, fashion designers,
architects, urban planners, and architectural preservationists; others
have continued to enjoy art and architecture while pursuing careers in
For all questions regarding admissions, contact Undergraduate Admissions.