Classes + Course Requirements

Once you choose a major, those in the Art History program will take the following classes as you progress from sophomore to senior year.

1st Year

  • Art Historical Studies I
  • Art Historical Studies II

2nd Year and 3rd Year

  • Ancient or Medieval Art
  • Renaissance or Baroque Art
  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Global/Comparative course
  • Art History Electives

4th Year

  • Art History Seminar
  • Additional Art History classes listed in 2nd and 3rd year
”Dynamic classroom and studio discussions supported my development of critical thinking skills.”

Devon Schiller (‘13 Art History & Painting)


Loren Whittaker
Hui Martin
Deborah Dickson

Erin Dahl
Sharon Reeber
Robert Cohon


Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall

Enter the two-story, light-filled atrium of the new Paul and Linda Bruce Hall through a portal adorned with quotes by famous art historians, writers, and artists. You’ll take classes in smart classrooms, many with a view of garden gathering spaces. It’s the perfect environment for learning, studying, and collaborating. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are extensions of the classrooms where your class will meet many times throughout the semester.

Career Paths + Career Outcomes

KCAI Art History program graduates are working as Museum Curators, Museum Directors, Professors, Conservators, Exhibition Designers, Art Appraisers, Art Buyers, Art Librarians, and Antique Dealers. Major employers include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian Magazine, St. Louis Art Museum, and Christie's.

KCAI's Professional Practice Center will help you prepare for you career after college.

Art History Symposium

Put your scholarly ideas to the test. Submit your paper to the annual Art History Symposium and earn an opportunity to present your paper to an audience of peers, faculty, and area art scholars.

Art History Alumni

Art History Program Alumni are working in a variety of fields. Many have gone on to receive advanced degrees and earned significant professional achievements.

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Robert-Chase-Heishman+(1) Robert Chase Heishman ('08 Art History & Photography)
NPR-902_StephanieKae-8798.original_V0N0QRt Stefanie Dlugosz-Acton ('10 Art History & Fiber)