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.
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?
- Examine the roles of visual media from diverse cultures and historical periods to gain an understanding of context and a global outlook that are necessary in our changing world.
- Learn in small classes that ensure individualized attention from faculty members at every level of the program.
- Benefit from a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to pursue a minor or double major while at GVSU.
- Develop the analytical abilities that are fundamental for the world of work and for engaged citizenship.
- Acquire the skills of self-advocacy essential for life after graduation.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale
- Face To Face
The curriculum offers students a broad-based knowledge of the visual arts from a global perspective while learning historical, cultural, and theoretical approaches to works of art. At the intermediate level, majors take specialized courses focusing on a historical period, geographical region, or conceptual theme that allow for in-depth study of a topic.
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Students admitted to Grand Valley State University who declare an interest in pursuing an art history, film and video production, or photography degree can begin to register for the introductory courses. Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
For More InformationDepartment of Visual and Media Arts
1105 Alexander Calder Art Center
“More than just a better understanding of art history, this program has given me excellent researching and writing skills as well as taught me to be more inquisitive and analytical in my everyday endeavors.”
ART HISTORY ALUMNA