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."

The 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 different fields.

For all questions regarding admissions, contact Undergraduate Admissions.