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Class exploring art downtown Grad Rapids. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Art History, B.A.

The study of art history explores how societies and individuals have used the visual arts to convey the ideas and values that were important to them.


Experiential Learning Opportunities

Faculty often broaden opportunities for students by moving outside the classroom with visits to archives, architectural sites, campus collections, and regional museums.

Professional Networking Opportunities

Students present their scholarly research to their peers and professional scholars during the Grand Rapids Undergraduate Art History Symposium.

Small Class Sizes

Students learn in small classes that ensure individualized attention from faculty members at every level of the program.


Program Overview

In addition to studying artists and their work, art historians study the interpretation of visual material and how it changes over time. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

A minor in art history is also available.

Why Study Art History at Grand Valley?

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Program Details