Art History

About Art History

Art historians enhance our understanding of art and its place within society through their research. Studying the art and architecture of diverse world cultures and periods, art historians examine the historical, social, and cultural significance art holds for its creators and users.

In addition to expertise in historiography, methodology and theory of art and visual and material culture since 1900, the art history faculty members have expertise in the

art and architecture of
U.S.A., Latin America,
Middle East, Asia and Europe, and

visual and material culture of the late antique and medieval periods in
Europe, the Islamic world, and South Asia,

and visual and material culture from the 16th to the 21st centuries in
the Middle East, Europe and the Americas from the 16th to 21st centuries.

Our commitment to diverse areas of inquiry is reflected in the curriculum, which enables students to experience a range of courses addressing global art history, with a goal to train art historians to have a broad understanding of the historical roots of the visual arts, the contemporary issues addressed by artists and the role of art in a world context. The program seeks to enhance students’ understanding of both contemporary and past visual art forms through innovative uses of technology, research and teaching in the arts, providing continuing opportunities for intellectual development and career growth for students and faculty.

Students who complete a degree in art history through the College of Visual Arts and Design will develop a range of competencies that reflect the standards of the discipline and the pedagogical principles of the faculty. Graduates of the program understand past and contemporary visual art forms can demonstrate

  • Knowledge of key monuments and objects within a breadth of discrete periods and regions of artistic production
  • Know the history and literature of methodologies employed in art history
  • Are conversant in the key discourses, themes and issues associated with the global study of art history
  • Can employ the specialized vocabulary of the discipline and design
  • Implement a successful research program/project analyzing works of art using one or more methodologies

The competencies reflect the diverse teaching and research areas of the faculty as well as their commitment to preparing undergraduates for future graduate study in art history.

The art history undergraduate major thus prepares students for graduate study in the discipline, as well as for an array of jobs in the art world and beyond. The Master of Arts in Art History degree is a gateway to careers in museums and galleries or future graduate studies in preparation for an academic career.

B.A. in Art History

At the undergraduate level, we offer the Bachelor of Arts, B.A., in Art History for students who choose to emphasize art history studies as part of a humanities degree. The program offers courses in methodologies, art history across the globe, museology, theory, criticism and cultural history of art.

The Art History program enhances your understanding of past and contemporary visual art forms. We teach you about global artistic production, relevant technologies, critical methods, learning theories and innovative approaches.

Program Administration

Administered by the CVAD Department of Art History, the program provides classes that focus on the following.

  • The visual and material culture of the late antique and medieval periods in Europe, the Islamic world and South Asia
  • Visual and material culture in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas from the 16th to the 21st centuries
  • Historiography, methodology and theory of art and visual and material culture since 1900

Faculty members have a wide range of specialties in art and architecture from different time periods and cultures, including the art of the Americas, European art and architecture, Islamic and Middle Eastern art, Modern and Contemporary art, and South Asian art and architecture.

In addition, our expert faculty members address issues of colonialism, post-colonialism, geography, ritual and spatial analysis, race, gender and sexuality. They have distinguished themselves through quality teaching, research and numerous publications and presentations.

For more information, contact the Department of Art History, ah@unt.edu.

How to Become an Undergraduate Art History Major

The undergraduate program in Art History welcomes students seeking to become art history majors both as a stand-alone degree and as a double major, for example with a B.F.A. degree in one of the seven studio art concentrations or the B.F.A. degree in Art Education. In order to become an art history major, please follow the steps below.

  • First, apply to UNT.
    • Indicate your program of study or area of interest on your application for admission to UNT.
    • Be sure to request and submit transcripts, if you have any, as part of your application process.
  • Schedule a follow-up advising appointment through UNT Appointments during your first semester to discuss your degree plan.
  • Consider discussing your long-term goals and plans with a member of the art history faculty and connect to campus resources, such as the UNT Career Center, to ask about internships and graduate studies, or the Study Abroad Office for information about study-travel opportunities; continue to explore other ways you can enhance your education.

B.A. in Art History Course of Study

The B.A. in Art History consists of 120 semester credit hours during which you will hone your analytical skills in the discipline, master a broad range of art-historical content, craft original research, a complete study in a minor field of your choice and develop proficiency in a foreign language. 

Please note that all courses completed towards your degree requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Note: Throughout your program of study, we recommend that you meet regularly with your academic advisor. And remember, the Departmental Faculty are always happy to discuss your degree and career trajectory.

Art History B.A. with the Grad Track Option Leading to Art History M.A. • 4+1

The Art History program offers a 4+1 graduate track pathway that allows selected undergraduate art history majors to begin the M.A. program in the last year of undergraduate study. This program is a great way to jumpstart a career in the gallery or museum world or to move you on your way to a Ph.D. program, as it allows you to complete both the B.A. and M.A. degrees within five years.

Interested students apply for admission to the 4+1 grad track during the junior or third year of study, following the completion of AEAH4800, Methodologies in the History of Art and Visual Culture. If accepted, students take four graduate courses in lieu of advanced undergraduate art history classes in the senior or fourth year. An application to the Toulouse School of Graduate study is submitted in the senior or fourth year as well. In the fifth year, the student is fully in the master's degree program and its course of study, completing four more graduate seminars and a six-credit-hour research project.

Entry Requirements

To be admitted into the 4+1 program, art history majors must have successfully completed at least 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Admission requires completing AEAH4800 with a grade of A, 15 hours of advanced art history at UNT with a GPA in these courses of 3.5 or better, and completion of the undergraduate foreign language requirement.

For more information, visit the UNT 2020-21 Catalog page for Art History BA with grad track option leading to Art History MA or send an email to the Department of Art History, ah@unt.edu.

B.A. Art History Marketable Skills

  1. Oral and written communication
  2. Research source identification
  3. Research material analysis
  4. Contextual understanding of artworks
  5. Visual literacy

Contact Information 

Future undergraduate students: Contact LeAndra Pope, college recruiter.

Currently enrolled undergraduate students: Contact the CVAD advisor listed for the first letter of your last name on the CVAD Advising webpage.

Department of Art History: 940-565-4777  |  ah@unt.edu   |  Art Building, Room 230