Art History Major

Art embodies imagination, history, and the rich tapestry of cultures. Art history examines how images and monuments communicate and how they function in society: to teach us, move us, and exalt us. As an art history major, you'll gain access to other cultures, other eras, and other ways of thinking. You'll also get ready for your junior year abroad and for an entire lifetime of thinking and living with global and historical perspectives.

Art history majors develop a keen aesthetic sense plus excellent research, analytical, and communication skills—launching pads for many careers. Some art history majors go on to graduate school in architecture, museum studies, or law. Others pursue gallery and arts management, teaching, or nonprofit work. This major imparts a crucial combination of aesthetic appreciation and historical knowledge.

Our Thriving Artistic Community

Our city is your canvas. Home to world-famous museums, Boston is also architecturally rich and filled with influential buildings and monuments—from Boston City Hall to the Massachusetts State House—which will play a key role in your studies.

Suffolk's newly reimagined art and design facilities are a dynamic artistic training ground for fine artists, graphic designers, and illustrators. Our on-campus artistic space features traditional and electronic studios, a woodshop, workspaces for printing and lighting, an extensive arts library, and the Suffolk University Art Gallery.

Study Abroad

Suffolk encourages you to travel during your junior year to explore the artistic cultures of cities abroad. You can study at the University's campus in Madrid, where you'll encounter Spain's artistic treasures up close. We also maintain reciprocal relationships with universities around the globe. Our faculty will work closely with you to design your ideal program. As an art history student, you can travel to Florence, Rome, and Venice, Italy, for a six-week immersion program that will introduce you to Renaissance art and architecture in three of the world’s foremost art capitals.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.