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Art History at American University

A group of students lean in close to listen to a bespectacled curator.

Art History students at the Walters Art Gallery.

Feminist Art History Conference 2018

Call for Papers for the 6th Annual Feminist Art History Conference, September 28-30, 2018.

Proposal deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

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Why study art history at AU?

Innovative Art History Courses Taught by Leading Art Historians

Our art history curriculum offers breadth, depth, and access to outstanding professors who are leaders in their field. With approximately 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate students active in the program each year, the Art History Program is a close-knit community, and all students receive faculty mentorship throughout their time at AU.

Master's students can specialize in Italian Art: Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque; Northern European Art: Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque; Modern European Art (18th to 21st century); American Art (18th to 21st century); or Asian Art (modern and contemporary). Undergraduate students can major or minor in art history, and can tailor the degree to a specific area of focus.

Our Prime Location in Washington, DC

American University's campus is an 84-acre arboretum, centered in a safe neighborhood close to Embassy Row. The Art History Program is located in a dramatically designed post-modernist building, the Katzen Art Center, which offers cutting-edge facilities and houses the American University Museum. Other world-renowned museums are just a Metro ride away, with the Tenleytown Metro stop accessible by a short walk or free shuttle bus service from campus.

Unique Opportunities Including Museum Studies

American University's campus is an 84-acre arboretum, centered in a safe neighborhood close to Embassy Row. The Art History Program is located in a dramatically designed post-modernist building, the Katzen Art Center, which offers cutting-edge facilities and houses the American University Museum. Other world-renowned museums are just a Metro ride away, with the Tenleytown Metro stop accessible by a short walk or free shuttle bus service from campus.