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History of Art

The Department of the History of Art studies the history of art and architecture related to Europe, North America, and South and East Asia, and surveys all periods from the Bronze Age to the present. The program examines the transmission of ideas by means of visual images and architectural forms, conceived and expressed by individuals or by whole societies and civilizations. Some courses range widely, both geographically and temporally, while others focus on special artistic forms, traditions, or an individual artist. Students throughout the humanities (history, philosophy, literature, languages, etc.) will find materials that parallel their major interests. Students in architecture, geography or urban studies will have an interest in courses in the history of architecture.



  • History of Art (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

  • FAH 101H1 - Monuments of Art History
  • FAH 102H1 - The Practice of Art History


Advice for First Year

FAH 102H1 is a requirement for the major, minor and specialist programs. FAH 101H1 is an option. It is strongly recommended that students acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, or an Asian language by the end of the second year.


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