art history

Art & Archaeology, Art History Concentration (B.A.)

Undergraduate
  • Major
  • Minor

About this Program

Our courses are designed to provide you with an understanding of visual culture and the analytical skills necessary to discuss the complex modes of artistic expression across the ages.

Program Overview

Because information is frequently communicated through visual images, learning to read art as a context to past and current cultures gives you a deeper understanding of the world. Hood's art history courses will introduce you to art and visual culture from prehistoric cave painting to postmodern performance and installation art.

As an art history major, you'll be part of a dynamic program that offers a variety of approaches, including the study of thematic development, theory, criticism, media and techniques. 

Thanks to Hood's location near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and the faculty's close ties with major museums in the area, art history students have an unusually rich range of opportunities. Poring over medieval manuscripts with a curator at the Walters Art Museum, examining Renaissance masterpieces with conservators at the National Gallery of Art, discussing contemporary sculpture with staff in the boardroom of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum or even watching as an exhibition takes place in the Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler Galleries have all been part of a Hood education.

The Art History Minor

Students majoring in one of the humanities—history, literature, foreign languages, philosophy or religion—will find that the art history minor complements and enhances their area of study. The minor is also worthwhile for students considering careers in arts administration, conservation, interior design and similar fields. The required courses offer both chronological breadth and the opportunity to study a period in depth.

Program Contact

Professor of Art & Archaeology, Department Chair

Phone
301-696-3777

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor

Department Offering

Beyond the Classroom

Much of our teaching takes place away from campus—in museums and galleries, at archaeological sites nearby, and in trips we take internationally.

All Faculty
Aaron Angello

Aaron Angello

  • Assistant Professor (NEH/Libman Assistant Professor)