Study the human experience through all its artistic expression

Students in the Art History minor at St. Edward's University will journey through time to understand the development of the visual arts and their role conveying meaning and within culture.

This minor requires 21 total hours with at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework.

You’ll dive into art history classes and then take on modern art. You will be challenged to understand the art of today, while also making connections between the past and the present. Take your studies to the next level with the help of experienced faculty who will help you develop a discerning eye for art. You will also study museology, the art market, censorship and historiography. 

Throughout the program, students are challenged to look at art from different perspectives. They will learn to appreciate both the medium and the message. As you begin to shape a greater understanding of the art world as a whole, you will find enhanced meaning in the art you observe. You will also find a deeper appreciation for the beauty of structure, form, and aesthetic. This minor is a good fit for students who are passionate about art and is also a good complement to other majors within the Visual Arts department.

Required Courses

Students who wish to earn an Art History minor must take the following coursework, totaling 21 hours, with at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework. This includes four required courses: 

  • Art History I
  • Modern Art History
  • Art History II
  • Issues in Contemporary Art

Students select three elective courses in Topics in Art History, History of Photography, PHCO 3322 (art history topic), PHIL 3310 (Aesthetics), PHCO 4399 (art history topic)

Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor. 

Outcomes

Past Art History minors have pursued careers as gallery directors, curators, or in roles at non-profit art organizations. Many have gone on to pursue Master's degrees in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Arts Administration, and other related degrees.