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.

Why Study Art History at Rollins

  1. Discerning Approach to 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.

  2. International Perspective

    With an eye toward global citizenship, art historians explore world cultures through their aesthetic traditions. On field studies to places like Rome and Athens you’ll apply what you’re learning in class to the real world.

  3. Practical Experience

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

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A study poses between the stacks of the Rollins College Archives.

“Majoring in art history at Rollins was incredibly valuable because the major trains students to construct strong written arguments supported by both documentary and material/visual evidence and gives them the skills they need to defend their ideas verbally. These two things have become fundamental to my day-to-day life. While at Rollins, I received incredible mentorship from professors without which I certainly would not be on the path I am today.”

Rebecca Charbonneau ’16

Historian-in-Residence, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University

Rollins Art History Careers

Rollins art history grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and innovative organizations.

  • Christian Bromley

    Christian Bromley ’12

    Associate Attorney, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

  • Katherine Gundeck

    Katherine Gundeck '11

    Wealth Advisor Associate, Morgan Stanley; Gallery Assistant, Christie’s

  • Hannah Lewis

    Hannah Lewis '13

    Resident Physician, Lake Nona Medical Center

  • Morgan Metzger

    Morgan Metzger '15

    Associate Attorney, Hinshaw & Culbertson

  • Andrea Stahlman

    Andrea Stahlman '13

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Cornell University

  • Daniel Zietlow

    Daniel Zietlow ’10

    Educational Designer, The National Center for Atmospheric Research

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to internships and research, students hone their skills in the real world.

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  • Orlando Museum of Art
  • Snap
  • United Artists
  • Walt Disney Company

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A Day in the Life of a Rollins Art History Major

“Rollins has been the perfect place for me to explore different aspects of history and grow as a researcher and writer with the support of professors who really care about me both academically and personally. At Rollins, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad and immerse myself in another culture while being surrounded by history and art.”

Konner Ross ’21

Aspiring art historian or curator

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.

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Take a deeper dive into art history at Rollins by meeting your future professors, seeing our grads in action, and sitting in on a class.

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My Rollins Gateway: From Mentee to Master

Francisco Wang ’22 grabbed every opportunity at Rollins to excel—from exploring a cornucopia of subjects to forging relationships that will last a lifetime.

May 12, 2022

My Rollins Gateway: A Study in Contrasts

From discovering the origins of centuries-old paint samples to curating exhibitions at the Rollins Museum of Art, the College provided Isaac Gorres ’21 the freedom to combine interests in art and science.

From left: Lindsay Muscato ’07 and Yanet Herrero ’20

January 14, 2022

Two Tars Recognized as “Women Who Mean Business”

Yanet Herrero ’20 and Lindsay Muscato ’07 both made the Orlando Business Journal’s annual list recognizing outstanding businesswomen in Central Florida.

Expert Faculty

At Rollins, you’ll study under faculty with wide-ranging expertise. Our professors are scholars who help you connect with the broader academic and museum community, assist you in choosing graduate programs, and act as role models for your own research and writing.

Department of Art & History

Cornell Fine Arts Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2774
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2498

Fax: 407.628.6395

Visit the Department of Art & Art History Website

Contact Art History Professors

  • Kim Dennis

    Kim Dennis, PhD

    Professor of Art History

    Research interests: Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, with a particular interest in women’s involvement in the arts as artists, patrons, and subjects

  • Susan Libby

    Susan Libby, PhD

    Professor of Art History

    Research interests: European art, with an emphasis on colonialism and construction of race and gender; contemporary cultural property disputes

  • MacKenzie Moon Ryan

    MacKenzie Moon Ryan, PhD

    Associate Professor of Art History

    Research interests: African and global art, especially textiles, fashion, trade, colonialism, cross-cultural exchange, and museum studies

  • Robert Vander Poppen

    Robert Vander Poppen, PhD

    Associate Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology

    Research interests: Ancient art and archaeology, emphasizing the negotiation of social and cultural tensions between imperial powers and native communities