Saint Louis University

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate art history degree.

Saint Louis University Art History Degree Overview 

Saint Louis University's art history program teaches you to examine the social context in which art was historically (and continues to be) created. It also provides you with essential skills such as critical analysis, research and communication. 

SLU's art history students are not limited to learning in the classroom. They experience firsthand what a career in the arts involves by preparing exhibitions, curating collections, and even planning and presenting lectures and tours for the public. The University's Samuel Cupples House, as well as its Museum of Contemporary Religious Art and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art are located on campus, giving you a hands-on opportunity to experience artists and periods covered in your coursework.

SLU's art history program can also connect you to internships in the arts locally (the Saint Louis Art Museum and numerous other galleries are all within a 10-mile radius of campus) and across the country, including at many prominent galleries and museums.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Art History Program

SLU's B.A. in Art History offers you an in-depth study of the art world and a chance to delve deeper into your specific areas of interest.

Areas of art history in which you will gain a foundation include:
  • Critical analysis
  • Global Traditions in art history
  • Social History
  • Semiotics (the study of signs)

SLU's art history major requires 36 hours of coursework, 15 of which are from 300/400 level courses. The art history minor requires 18 hours of coursework, with nine hours from 300/400 level courses.

What Can You Do With an Art History Degree from SLU?

Many SLU graduates in art history have continued their studies in internationally recognized graduate programs. Others work in art-related institutions such as galleries, auction houses and museums, as well as in marketing, advertising, law, journalism and other fields that require understanding of our visually-based culture and the ability to express intelligent, well-researched opinions.

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