Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Learn how to look closely, think critically and conduct research into the context of artmaking through the Bachelor of Arts in Art History in Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. In this 123-credit undergraduate program, you will build an understanding of art and visual culture from an inclusive, global perspective by encouraging awareness of human creativity as a fundamental form of expression in a world where visual literacy is paramount.  

As an art history major, you will learn from a large, accomplished faculty with specializations ranging from the ancient to the contemporary who represent a diverse array of global cultures—including arts of Africa and the African diaspora, the Islamic World, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas. The Art History bachelor's program’s small class sizes facilitate individual mentorship and strong faculty support while facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration with studio art faculty and majors. The program also offers the possibility of exploring professional paths such as arts administration and curatorial studies, along with the latest scholarly methods such as Digital Humanities—a data and technology driven cultural history with tremendous potential for careers in the arts. 

Art History majors at Tyler have access to the outstanding resources of a tier-one public research university, and opportunities for studio practice in world-class facilities. As a vibrant center of art, culture, history and the humanities, Philadelphia becomes an extended classroom offering a rich array of galleries, museums and public art, as well as easy access to thriving arts centers in New York and Washington, D.C. The Art History program’s flexible degree requirements easily supports double majors as well as studying abroad at Temple’s Japan or Rome campuses, giving students an opportunity to investigate visual arts amid different cultural landscapes. 

In today’s image-driven media culture, the aptitudes developed through art history support an array of professional applications. Graduates with a BA in Art History embark upon successful careers in auction houses, cultural organizations, galleries and museums or launch futures in advertising, business, community leadership, environmental activism and publishing. They also earn placement in the most competitive graduate programs.

Tyler faculty examines prints with students.

Classes & Curriculum  

As an Art History Major, you’ll take courses that allow you to engage with a broad spectrum of creative practices. Examples of courses in the art history program include the following.  

  • Ancient Counterfeits, Looting, and the Ethics of Collecting  
  • Art and the Environment in American Culture  
  • Curatorial Methodologies
  • Contemporary Art, 1989 to Present
  • Introduction to Caribbean Art  
  • Latinx Art

See a full list of program courses.

Minor in Art

Students in the art history degree program can enhance their academic studies with hands-on, introductory art making courses in 2D and 3D design, art photography, glass, fibers, jewelry, and printmaking as well as painting, drawing and community arts.  

Learn more about the Art Minor or please contact
Kim Strommen, professor and dean emeritus of Temple University Rome.
Phone: 215-777-9000

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year