Art History

Learn more about the art history degree program at Rollins College.
Real-World Experience

Real-World Experience

Through volunteer and internship experiences with local museums, like Rollins’ very own Cornell Fine Arts Museum and its Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, students gain hands-on professional experience.

Why Study Art History at Rollins

If you want to learn about visual art and the history of the world, from the Paleolithic to the contemporary, there’s no better method than through the lens of visual culture. Studies in art history strengthen your understanding of art and culture by examining, analyzing, and interpreting works of art.

Art history at Rollins embraces an interdisciplinary approach by integrating techniques from archaeology, anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology.

As an art history major, you’ll gain a broad range of flexible skills that will prepare you for the rapidly changing 21st-century job market, including critical and creative thinking, visual literacy, writing, research, global history, and diversity.

Discerning Approach to Visual Media You’ll learn to be critical and skeptical consumers of images, both historical and contemporary, which will prepare you for both grad school and a variety of careers, from museum professions to medicine and law.

International Perspective With an eye toward global citizenship, art historians explore world cultures through their aesthetic traditions.

Practical Experience Through volunteer and internship experiences with local museums, like Rollins’ very own Cornell Fine Arts Museum and its Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, students gain hands-on professional experience.

Popular Courses

Rollins art history courses help you develop a sophisticated understanding of the relationships between art, history, and culture through examination, analysis, and interpretation of art. Studies begin with broad surveys and conclude with you co-curating an exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

  • ARH 140 Introduction to Global Art Examine art from the Islamic world, South and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Oceania, Africa, and the native Americas from early times to the present.

  • ARH 217 Art and Archaeology of the Roman Empire Take a deep dive into the material culture of Roman society, with emphasis on the ways in which Rome, the first globalized culture, negotiated some of the same problems of globalization that we face today.

  • ARH 243 Fashion in Africa Trace African fashion from cloth to everyday clothing and high fashion catwalks between the 19th century and the present.

  • ARH 327 Rome: Caravaggio & Bernini Explore the prolific developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in the Roman High Baroque period through the lens of the art and lives of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Gianlorenzo Bernini.

  • ARH 368 Picturing War Examine the historical contexts and rhetorical strategies of the imagery of war in the Western world, including painting, architecture, public monuments, and mass media.

  • ARH 404 Museum Studies Practicum Analyze the development of museums, interrogate issues of display, and participate in actual museum work. Students will apply art history skills to a professional exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Beyond the Classroom

Study Abroad Many of our students spend time at places of great artistic and historical import, such as Trinity College in Rome, IAU in Aix-en-Provence, American University in Paris, and on full-year studies in Athens.

Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program Our expert faculty and industrious students work together on scholarly research for professional publication or exhibition, such as repatriation of artworks; studies on historic Venetian social institutions; African textiles, clothing, and adornment; as well as other topics of global-historical significance.

Archaeological Excavations Rollins’ art history students have been active participants on excavation teams at Murlo, near Siena, Italy, and Poggio Colla, near Florence, as well as at other sites around the world. Students working on archaeological sites have served as unit supervisors and even engaged in independent research projects.

Major and Minor Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements

Contact Info

Department of Art & Art History
Cornell Fine Arts Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2774
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2498
F. 407.628.6395  
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