Tyler’s Art History program has a unique point of view. From its position in a University setting and in one of the country’s top art schools, its students have access to outstanding research resources, studio work, and travel opportunities that create a multidimensional undergraduate experience.
The Art History curriculum spans the global history of art from Ancient to Contemporary, though the Department is strongest in the Western tradition. There are particular strengths in the study of art from the Mediterranean region, with specialists in Ancient Roman, the Islamic world, Italian and Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern Italy, and in the study of modern and contemporary American art, the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, and contemporary Latin American art. In addition to taking courses at Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, students are encouraged to study abroad, spending a semester or year at Temple’s campuses in either Tokyo or Rome. In addition to these opportunities, course in Arts Administration and curatorship offer a unique perspective into different career paths for art historians.
The program is also known for its digital resources. Pioneering the move to digitization, the department’s extensive slide library has been converted to a database of more than 35,000 digital images. This treasure trove is complemented by membership in the image library ARTstor, which provides students and faculty access to more than one million additional images, encompassing every period, genre, and category of world art. Instructors prepare lectures digitally and students can access them via Canvas, an online course management resource, allowing students to learn and review class material anywhere, anytime.
Several Art History majors have participated in the Diamond Peer Teaching and Scholars program, which comes with a stipend and partial tuition remission, affording undergraduates the exciting opportunity to assist in teaching classes or engage in ambitious, supervised research projects.
Students completing the Art History major at Tyler are well prepared, whether they wish to pursue graduate work in the field, write professionally, launch careers in museums or auction houses, or embark on any other path that requires broad liberal arts experience and a strong background interpreting the visual world. Scroll through our alumni pages to see where art historians from Tyler have gone!
Art History Minor
The Art History minor is available for students who wish to explore art through the ages. By completing courses across a number of significant periods in art, students gain a better understanding of the visual arts and modes of artistic expression from ancient to modern.