Develop a strong understanding of the historical, social, and political dimensions of art and architecture with a minor in art history through the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. Connect the practice of making art with its historical context by examining the breadth and depth, and span from the ancient world to the art of Asia, including modern and contemporary Europe and the United States.

You’ll study the media of painting, sculpture, photography, design, material culture, architecture, and urbanism. Trips to museums and historic sites such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Taliesin provide vital firsthand experiences. This minor provides an art historical education that is balanced and diverse culturally, temporally, and geographically. You’ll be prepared for careers as an artist, gallery assistant or owner, and various opportunities with museums.