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Art History

Saint Louis University's art history program teaches you to examine the social context in which art was historically (and continues to be) created. You’ll also gain essential research and communication skills, allowing you to better analyze art and its relationship to the world around you.

Art History at SLU

Major in Art History

SLU's art history students are not limited to classroom learning. Interested students can pursue opportunities to experience firsthand what a career in the arts involves by preparing exhibitions, curating collections or even planning and presenting lectures and tours for the public. You will be encouraged to spend a summer or semester on our campus in Madrid, where our art history faculty can connect you with great works housed in internationally renowned museums.

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. The Saint Louis University art history program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in art history, students must complete 36 credit hours of required coursework. Eighteen of the 36 credit hours must be from the 3000/4000-level courses.

Highlighted Courses

SLU’s art history program offers an in-depth study of the art world. Our curriculum covers a wide range of art, so SLU students have the opportunity to delve deeper into specific periods of art history. You’ll receive a strong, balanced foundation in the study of global traditions in art history and better understand the context and importance of art.

  • ARTH 1010: History of Western Art I
  • ARTH 4900: Research Methods in Art History
  • ARTH 2100: Art of Jerusalem and Three Faiths
  • ARTH 2900: Materials and Methods 3

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Internships and Careers

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


The full-time faculty in SLU’s art history program teach both their specialty areas and general courses. Our faculty members encourage students to craft their own educational experiences and can help you identify specific interests.

  • Deborah Douglas, M.F.A., program director
  • Bradley Bailey, Ph.D.
  • Terrence Dempsey, S.J., Ph.D.
  • Cathleen Fleck, Ph.D.
  • Olubukola Gbadegesin, Ph.D.
  • Cynthia Stollhans, Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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AP and Transfer Options

No more than 12 hours of transfer credit may be applied to fulfill specific courses or electives within the 36 hours required for a major in art history. No more than six hours of transfer credit may be applied to specific courses or elective courses towards the completion of the 18 hours required for a minor in art history.

Advanced Placement credit cannot be counted toward the art history major at SLU.

Students with an AP score of four will be assigned three hours of credit for ARTH 1110: History of Western Art I. Students with an AP score of five will be assigned six hours of credit for ARTH 1110: History of Western Art I and ARTH 1120: History of Western Art II.

Minor in Art History

SLU’s minor in art history provides a general introduction to Western art history that complements a range of majors. The art history minor requires 18 hours of coursework, with nine hours from 3000/4000-level courses.

On-Campus Resources

Three Museums on Campus

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, and Historic Samuel Cupples House and McNammee Gallery are located on campus, giving you a hands-on opportunity to experience artists and periods covered in your coursework.