Why Choose Nazareth for Art History?

Art is a language. In order to understand the often complex messages and meanings being conveyed, viewers need to be educated about a specific culture’s (and if known, an artist’s) values, ideals, and visual symbols.

The art history degree program at Nazareth College challenges students to study art through the prisms of aesthetics, culture, and history. Further, art history majors will learn the definitions of style and modes of execution, iconographic and other interpretive methods, and the economic, religious, philosophic, theoretic, and social factors that shape visual culture.

Graduates have found opportunities in art-related fields such as art magazine and book publishing, art galleries and art councils. Many of our students have gone on to study art history at the graduate level to pursue curatorial careers in museums and galleries.

Program Highlights

  • Art history majors will explore diverse cultures and their artistic production in architecture, sculpture, and painting as well as mosaic, fibers, beadwork, etc. from the pre-historic through the post-modern eras.
  • Study artistic styles and developments in geographic regions including but not limited to the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Egypt, America, Europe, and Asia. Historical periods include: Pre-historic, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Enlightenment, Modern, Post-Modern, and Islamic.
  • Gain factual knowledge about art historical terminology, classifications, methods, and trends.
  • Develop skills in the areas of oral and written communication, critical thinking, visual analysis, and research strategies.
  • Study abroad in programs in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and other locations.
  • Expand knowledge through internships in museums and related cultural venues.

Typical Class Schedule

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Contact Information

Mitchell Messina

Mitchell Messina

Professor
585-389-2530
mmessin2@naz.edu
Arts Center 146
Alan Pascuzzi, alumnus of the art history major, art history degree program at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Alan Pascuzzi '91

Sculptor

"Everything I'm doing today is based on what I learned at Nazareth. My advisor urged me to change my major from studio art to art history, and that opened up everything for me. I became indoctrined in history while also creating art."

Example Careers

  • Art historian
  • Museum curator
  • Gallery manager
  • Art teacher
  • Art conservationist
  • Auction house expert
  • Appraiser

Internships/Field Experiences

  • The Frick Museum of Art, NYC
  • Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center, WY
  • Ganondagan State Historic Site, NY

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Queen’s University
  • Syracuse Art History, Museum Studies, and Florence Programs
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Arizona
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ashland Theological Seminary