The M.A. in Art History is offered, in addition to undergraduate major or minor study. A graduate Certificate in Art Museum Studies is also offered. The study of history, theory, criticism, and connoisseurship of art focuses on European, North American, Pre-Columbian, and African art, and includes painting, sculpture, architecture of various stylistic periods, and the history of film, graphics, and decorative arts. Art is studied in its cultural, social, political, economic, and religious context.
The following LC classification range descriptions represent areas of concentration for art history:
N (Visual Arts): General; Art in relation to other subjects (e.g., feminism, politics, etc.); Competitions. Art museums, galleries, etc.; Exhibitions; Private collections and collectors; History (General works; Ancient and Medieval art; Modern art; Individual countries; Jewish art; Comparative art. Dissident art. Ethnic art); Technique, composition, etc.; Art criticism. Special subjects of art; Human figures. Portraits; Special subjects of art. Allegories. Symbolism. Fables. Mythology; Religious art; Special subjects of art (e.g., fashion in art, erotic art, etc.); Art as a profession; Examination and conservation; Economics of art. Art dealers; Art and the state. Public art. Selectively collected categories: Private collections and collectors; History (Prehistoric art. Origins of art. Primitive art); Animals. Wildlife. Plants. Trees.
NB (Sculpture): General; History (Prehistoric sculpture. Primitive sculpture; Ancient sculpture; Medieval sculpture; Modern sculpture; Special countries); Special subjects (e.g., religion, mythology, humans, etc.). Selectively collected categories: Monuments; Portrait and equestrian statues.
NC (Drawing. Design. Illustration): History of drawing; Caricature. Pictorial humor and satire. Selectively collected categories: History; Posters.
ND (Painting): General; History (Ancient; Medieval; Modern; Special countries); General works. Art appreciation; Special subjects; Portraits; Landscapes; Special subjects (e.g., still life, religious, etc.); Technique and style (historical aspects only); Mural painting; Illuminating of manuscripts and books (Histories and reproductions).
NE (Print Media): History of printmaking; General works; Special subjects (e.g., landscapes, religious prints, etc.).
NK (Decorative Arts. Applied Arts. Decoration and Ornament): History; Arts and crafts movement. Selectively collected category: Religious art.
NX (Arts in General): General; History; Reproduction. Criticism; Special subjects or topics (Death, erotica, politics, etc.; Characters. Persons; Religious arts); Patronage of the arts; Administration. Selectively collected categories: Voluntarism and Special arts centers.
TR (Photography): The following category is selectively collected: Applied photography (Artistic photography).
Mainly English language materials. French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other languages are represented.