About Art History
What is Art History?
Art History is the study of the visual arts. It seeks to understand different cultures, past and present, through the analysis of art. It examines a culture’s values in all its artistic media, including painting, sculpture, architecture, craft, photography, performance art, public art, and visual forms of popular expression.
As a discipline, Art History encourages empathy in its endeavor to understand other individuals and societies through their visual expression.
Art History is interdisciplinary, incorporating literature, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and cultural studies. Those who major in it are well positioned to study other humanistic disciplines.
As the world becomes increasingly flooded with images, the skills provided by the study of Art History have become increasingly useful for a wide variety of professions, including medicine and business because it fosters visual and analytical skills.
Why Study Art History at La Salle?
The focus is on you! Small classes and easy access to professors who help you find your niche in the world make La Salle a great place to study and to excel in the practice of Art History.
La Salle University’s Art History program is designed to give students every opportunity to engage the art collections of museums and other cultural institutions in the city of Philadelphia. Closest to home is La Salle University Art Museum.
The Art History curriculum offers:
- Credit for museum or gallery internships.
- An exhibition seminar, in which students work to stage an exhibition as part of the class.
- Travel study opportunities.