Students can: Major, Minor
Degrees Offered: BA, PhD
Thanks to the university’s proximity to remarkable collections in Baltimore and Washington, the Department of the History of Art offers unique opportunities for the study of art history. Students work closely with a faculty of research scholars on aspects of European and American art. In small classes and informal excursions, they integrate their direct experience of works of art with knowledge acquired through historical research.
The department’s faculty members are among the most distinguished in the fields of ancient Roman, medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and modern art history; in addition, Johns Hopkins routinely welcomes visiting scholars and museum curators to offer courses on the arts of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Internationally renowned artists and art historians visit campus to discuss their work in lectures and seminars. Intensive classroom study is complemented with excursions to world-class museums in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Access to these collections supplements undergraduate course work with the excitement of direct interactions with great works of art.
The university also maintains an extensive art library, which includes the Fowler Collection of treatises on architecture. Research materials in numerous regional libraries and museums and in the Library of Congress are also accessible to art history students.
What can you do with your degree?
Because the department emphasizes the historical, cultural, and social context of art, art history is an excellent program for undergraduates interested in a humanistic education as well as for those preparing for a career in the field.