Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Art History

Our increasingly image-rich culture makes the study and thoughtful interpretation of the visual arts central to a liberal arts education today.  The art history program at Loyola University Chicago offers courses that encompass topics and periods ranging from the arts of the ancient world to those of Asia, Africa, early modern Europe, and contemporary art.   Core classes (FNAR 200, FNAR 201 and FNAR 202) provide students with knowledge of significant works of art and architecture and their historical context, and introduce strategies of visual analysis.  The art history major is designed to ensure that students are well versed in both the historical and critical facets of the field through a sequence of courses that explores art objects from a variety of cultures across time with topics arranged both chronologically and thematically. Courses emphasize visual, verbal, writing, and critical thinking skills, giving students the tools to form persuasive arguments based on evidence found in tangible objects, original documents, and scholarly literature.  Art history students at Loyola University have the opportunity to study art objects first-hand utilizing the diverse museum and gallery resources of Chicago as well as the collections of the Loyola University Museum of Art.  Students can gain experience through internships in museums, galleries, and auction houses in Chicago, throughout the country, and even abroad.  The skills developed in the art history program prepare students for graduate programs and for a broad variety of careers, ranging from positions in higher education, museums, galleries, auction houses, and arts administration to business, social work, and law.