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.
"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 indoctrinated in history while also creating art."