Expand your knowledge of the history of art from antiquity to the present, including
specialized thematic and period studies. Emphasis is on a contextual approach combining
information from the fields of art, history, cultural and material studies, philosophy
If you are interested in working in art museums and cultural institutions or pursuing
graduate school in the art history field, you will want to consider the art history
major. In addition to courses in the history of art, the department offers many courses
in museum studies.
The program includes a common core of 15 credits. After completing the two introductory
survey courses, students select one of two concentrations: Research or Research/Studio.
Most students who plan to attend graduate school in art history choose the Research
concentration, while students planning on a career in the gallery, exhibition design,
or conservation field often choose the Research/Studio concentration. Both options
require a two-course capstone experiences, and each concentration provides you with
knowledge of discipline-based technology necessary for research and presentations.
View degree requirements for Research and degree requirements for Research/Studio in the Undergraduate Catalog.
In addition to the options of the University’s Honors College program and earning
Latin Honors, Art history majors can complete a departmental honors project. The optional
honors thesis allows you to pursue an individual research project with a faculty adviser.
The thesis experience helps you strengthen your research and writing skills and train
for careers in art history as well as for graduate school in art history.
Visual Resource Center
Visit the Visual Resource Center, Center for the Arts, Room 2028, a study and research lab where students enrolled
in art history courses have access to computers and computer setups for laptops and
scanning equipment. In addition, the center holds Art History reference materials
for individual courses, including books, art journals and films. The VRC is staffed
by art history librarian, Venetia Zachary.
Art history students can participate in the College Art Association, the American Alliance of Museums and Towson University’s Art History Club.
Self-guided tours are available any weekday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Stop by the
Art Office, CA 3103, and ask for a self- guiding tour map.
Undergraduate Guided Tours
Undergraduate guided tours of the department are offered by appointment with Ginger Ross, the Academic Program Coordinator.
MFA graduate tours are available by appointment with the director, Prof. Tonia Matthews.