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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“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. Learn more about careers in art history.

  • Christian Bromley

    Christian Bromley ’12

    Associate Commercial Litigator, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Virginia McColl

    Virginia McColl ’17

    Business Development Manager of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s
  • Tocarra Mallard

    Tocarra Mallard ’10

    Standup Comedian and Writer
  • Millicent Armstrong

    Millicent Armstrong ’09

    Founder, Artemis Design Co.
  • Daniel Zietlow

    Daniel Zietlow ’10

    Educational Designer, The National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Morgan Snoap

    Morgan Snoap ’20

    Graduate Teaching Fellow & Researcher, Boston University

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
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  • United Artists
  • Walt Disney Company

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What does it mean to study Art History at Rollins?

From study abroad experiences to applying skills you learn in the classroom directly to your field of interest, find out what it’s like to study art history at Rollins from some of our current students and successful graduates.

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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The Department of Art and Art History offers scholarships to applicants who have declared or are exploring a major in Art History and Studio Art. Minors can apply for travel and research (priority will be given to majors). Scholarships are awarded on the basis of both need and merit and may be applied for annually. Scholarship amounts and durations vary and are not automatically renewed. Subsequent awards are based upon overall performance in the major.

Learn more about scholarships by contacting the department at 407.646.2498 or

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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.

Piece in The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art by Andrew Robert Parker, Lithograph

Rollins Museum of Art Announces Winter 2024 Exhibitions

The Rollins Museum of Art unveils five exhibitions for its winter season, which runs from January 20 to May 12.

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Art history professor MacKenzie Moon Ryan edited and contributed to a special issue of African Arts journal.

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Rollins Museum of Art Announces Beyond the Medici Exhibition

The Rollins Museum of Art welcomes a touring exhibition of Florentine Baroque art for its fall season, which opens September 9.

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Dive into Art History at Rollins

Art History exposes students to global cultural expression throughout thousands of years of history through the exploration of visual media.

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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

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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

  • 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

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