BA in Art History

BA in Art History

How can an object made thousands of years ago help us understand the culture from which it came? What is the connection between what an artist intends to say with their work and what a viewer grasps? As a Tyler Art History student, you’ll learn how to look closely, think critically and conduct research about the historical contexts for works of art in order to build your understanding of the history of culture within a global perspective. The program is designed to encourage a lifelong understanding of the arts as a fundamental form of human expression in a world in which visual literacy is vitally important.

Because the Art History Program is part of one of the country’s top art schools and a leading research university in Temple, our students have access to outstanding research resources and opportunities for studio work. The program’s expanded classroom includes the culturally rich array of museums, galleries, public art and other resources in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.; opportunities to study abroad at Temple’s campuses in Rome and Tokyo; and a sophisticated and ever-evolving array of new digital technologies. Our students find jobs in museums, galleries, libraries, auction houses and publishers and earn placements in the most competitive graduate programs.

For more information, contact undergraduate advisor and Assistant Professor Erin Pauwels at


Art History Minor

The Art History minor is available for any Temple student who wishes to explore art through the ages with a global perspective. By completing courses across a number of significant periods in art, you'll gain a better understanding of the visual arts and modes of artistic expression from ancient to modern, and from the African diaspora experience in the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, Europe, Latin America the Islamic world and beyond. 

Interested in learning more? Explore the Art History minor requirements or contact undergraduate advisor and Assistant Professor Erin Pauwels at