The Art History major helps you understand the way art objects and visual images communicate ideas about the past and present. As you analyze art created by various cultures and across different time periods, you will increase your observational skills, your ability to construct arguments, communicate ideas and conduct research.
Preparing You For Success
Through completing a range classes, from hands-on studio art courses to advanced seminars in specialized topics, you will increase your visual awareness and visual literacy. All classes are held in the lively Heuser Art Center, where small class sizes foster solid discussions and dialogue with faculty mentors and classmates. This standalone major allows flexibility to tailor electives to your career interest. It's often paired with studio art, chemistry and other science majors.
By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:
Internships in arts administration, curatorial practices, gallery management or art writing. (Recently students held internships at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Illinois Women Artists Project).
Networking and career development through the Visual Voices Visiting Artists and Art Historian Program and through the Biennial Midwest Women Artists Symposium
The opportunity to study abroad either through one of Bradley’s Study Abroad programs or through one of our affiliate programs.
Opportunities to do independent research.
Making Your Mark
Although the majority of Art History majors follow careers as curators, critics, scholars, and conservators, the observation, communication and critical thinking skills developed in this major are being sought by a wide range of fields. The program also prepares students for graduate work in a variety of areas. Bradley graduates have gone on to study art history, library science, art therapy, museum studies and art conservation at the graduate level.
ART 417: Independent Study in Art History - 3 hrs.
ART 480: Seminar in Art History - 3 hrs.
Studio Core - 13 hrs.
ART 101: Drawing I - 3 hrs.
ART 102: Drawing II - 3 hrs.
ART 105: Two-Dimensional Design - 3 hrs.
ART 106: Three-Dimensional Design - 3 hrs.
ART 220: Professional Lecture Series - 1 hr.
ART 221: Professional Lecture Series - 1 hr.
Total Hours: 43 hrs.
Sample program plan information is provided for sample purposes only. Students should consult with their academic advisor about their individual plan for course registration and completion of program requirements.
Typical four-year plan (Following the BA degree pathway as of FA20)
Study Abroad is strongly recommended for all Art History majors.
Freshman - Fall Semester
Survey of Art History I
Professional Lecture Series/Studio Visits I
100 level course
Freshman - Spring Semester
Survey of Art History II
Professional Lecture Series/Studio Visits II
100 level course
Note: Approximately week 9 e-portfolio reviews. Approximately week 10 advising for fall semester.