What is an art history degree?

For centuries, the work of artists has reflected the world in which they lived and connected us to historical moments. Art history is the study of objects to understand how they reflect and shape their historical context. Art history students are encouraged to develop visual literacy and critical thinking about the world and to understand how objects create meaning. An art history degree is a Bachelor of Arts degree awarded after the completion of a selection of courses from a range of topics.

Why study art history at Furman?

Offering bachelor’s degrees in both studio art and art history, the art department is a vibrant collaborative environment that encourages creative innovation, entrepreneurship and reflection. We are focused on developing interdisciplinary creative thinkers and problem-solvers who are adaptable and successful in their lives outside of Furman. Our primary goal is to support, encourage and mentor students through their educational pathways while celebrating the arts. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

Our research-heavy art history program trains students to be strong writers and careful observers. The faculty-to-student ratio provides attention and collaboration unavailable at larger schools. Our study-away programs allow students to examine international art and architecture in person. Most courses include research, and our faculty encourages undergraduates to participate in research projects, including those available through our Summer Internship Fellowships. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or begin your application .

Featured art courses

  • 66%
    alumni working full-time in the arts
  • 12:1
    student/faculty ratio
  • 90%
    students who have had an internship by graduation

What our students say

“Art history at Furman not only inspired me to pursue art history in my life, but the personal development, independent thinking, and analytical and writing skills that I gained from my art history courses also fully prepared me to obtain a master’s degree at an international university. The Furman art history major opened my eyes to the world and gave me the tools to reach for it.”
– Paris Bermudes ’18

Our faculty

Sarah Archino

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art History

Terri Bright

Professor of Art

Kylie Fisher

Assistant Professor of Art History

Kevin Kao

Assistant Professor, Art

Michael May

Associate Professor, Art

Ross McClain

Professor of Art and Design
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Art History Major F.A.Q.