University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture


Students and faculty members in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the UO explore global history, culture, and society through art and architecture from antiquity to the present day. Trained to celebrate cultural differences and the broad spectrum of human creativity and expression, art history students are natural ambassadors of pluralism and tolerance. Here, you’ll develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to make you a true global citizen—ideally equipped to correlate historical events and concerns with important contemporary and international phenomena.

The history of art and architecture program at the UO is thoroughly global in scope. You will learn at least one ancient or modern language associated with your main area of interest. Courses examine cultural production from Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Mediterranean. Our mission is to help you become a guardian and advocate for culture and the arts within Oregon, the United States, and the world.

Thanks to this rigorous training in critical thinking and communication, art history is not just a pre-professional major for future art historians. An art history degree prepares you to embark on an array of professional careers, including those in business, education, law, private and nonprofit organizations, professional writing, and publishing. More specialized careers include art-based professions in museums, galleries, archives, and cultural institutes.

Are you interested in becoming, or changing your major to, an Art History major? We look forward to talking with you! Please contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies for further information.