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Art History


Immerse yourself in a community of practicing artists when you earn a bachelor’s in Art History from PennWest Edinboro. Through lectures and discussion, you'll become skilled in critical inquiry, historical context and the aesthetic frameworks that have driven the visual arts from their origin in the ancient world to contemporary trends.

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Why Edinboro Stands Out.

At Edinboro, we pride ourselves on our 100-year history of instruction in the visual arts and art education. In addition, our Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), which sets national standards for excellence in the field.

As an Art History major, you will begin with survey courses in both Western and non-Western art. Then take a deep dive into period courses including Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Indian, 19th and 20th centuries, Contemporary and American art. Special topics seminars, as well as courses in Gender and Theory, offer culminating, capstone experiences.

You will have the opportunity to use free electives to complete a minor in fields outside of the department and visit important collections in museums in Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

As a graduate, you will be qualified to work in art and historical museums and galleries, to apply to Master's and Doctoral programs in related fields, or to work for organizations where the combination of critical thinking, research and writing skills are highly valued.

How Edinboro Supports You.

We are committed to your success as a critical thinker and lover of the arts. You will participate in classes with other Art majors from a broad spectrum of concentrations and have many opportunities for critical engagement and experiential learning.

Faculty Mentors

Our faculty will challenge - and mentor - you. A multidisciplinary curriculum will ensure you're well-prepared for the career you've always wanted. Along the way, you'll acquire strong organizational and analytical skills and learn to communicate effectively with leaders in both the corporate and nonprofit world.

Internships That Build Networks

Kick-start your career with an internship at a museum or gallery. You'll learn to put theory into practice under the watchful eye of a trained preceptor. While you're there, you will build a network of professional colleagues who may offer job advice or placement down the road. Many of our students accept internships at notable institutions such as:

  • Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pa.
  • Fallingwater, Bear Run, Pa.
  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, Pa.
  • Drake Well Museum, Titusville, Pa.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Charlotte Wellman
Area Head
116 Doucette Hall
Phone: 814-732-1149

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