The Art History program at the Lamar Dodd School of Art supports the study of the history of art through visual objects across a wide range of media, cultures, and periods. Courses stress the relationship between art and its historical context. This area of study develops the critical and rhetorical skills necessary for advanced work in the field.

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Alumni of the program, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, routinely secure jobs in museums, galleries, and auction houses, and have gone on to attend some of the finest graduate programs in the country, including Columbia University, New York University, The University of Virginia, The University of Michigan, The University of Pennsylvania, and The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about the careers of select alumni here.

Undergraduate Art History

The undergraduate program of study prepares students for graduate school and careers in a range of institutions. Students are required to take courses in each of four areas currently taught in the Art History area (Ancient, Late Antique, Medieval, and Asian; Renaissance and Baroque; 18th- and 19th-century; and 20th-century and Contemporary), ensuring a broad base of knowledge. Students may do an internship with the Georgia Museum of Art for credit. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Art History course requirements at the Lamar Dodd School of Art here.

Graduate Art History 

The Art History area is committed to training graduate students broadly while developing significant depth in the student’s field of choice. Find more information about the MA degree program here and the PhD degree program here. Information about graduate research support and activities in the School of Art is here. A list of recently completed thesis and dissertations topics can be found here

For more information about graduate programs at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, contact our Graduate Office.


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Visual Culture Colloquium

Comprised of scholars from universities and museums, both here and abroad, as well as graduate students and faculty from the School of Art, the Visual Culture Colloquium is conceived as an integral part of graduate education in art history at UGA and is meant to provide a forum for scholarly exchange. Since 2008, the Visual Culture Colloquium presents lectures at the School of Art that adopt a scholarly approach to the field of art history, broadly conceived. An integral part of the

Colloquium are lectures organized by the Association of Graduate Art Students (A.G.A.S.), in addition to lectures by our own graduate students and faculty and by visiting scholars.

Association of Graduate Art Students (A.G.A.S.) Lectures

Each year the Association of Graduate Art Students sponsors a lecture series featuring prominent scholars in the field of Art History. Governed by graduate students in Art History at the School of Art, A.G.A.S. organizes public lectures that address a range of specializations within art history.  A.G.A.S and its lecture series are supported by The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee, The Lamar Dodd School of Art, and The Association of Graduate Art Students.

Research Funding

Graduate students in the area of Art History may apply each year for supplemental funding to assist participation in conferences and to enable travel related to thesis or dissertation research. Deadlines for applications are in both fall and spring semesters. Sources include the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, the Graduate School, Dodd Scholarships and Awards, and the Art History Area Support Fund. Find more information here.


Entrance requirements for undergraduate majors:

Students interested in the art history major may speak to the Area Chair to become an intended art history major (I-Art:art history). As intended majors, students should complete ARHI 2300 Art History I: Cave Painting to Michelangelo (or 2311H or approved equivalent) and ARHI 2400 Art History II: Baroque to Modern (or 2411H or approved equivalent). After successfully completing these two surveys, with a combined GPA of 3.0 in these two courses, he or she may make an appointment with the area chair to change the major status from intended to full. Students who do not have a combined GPA of 3.0 in their survey courses but want to pursue an art history major will be expected to take other 3000-level courses until their art history GPA reaches 3.0.


Click here for more information about:

  • museum internship credit (ARHI 4995)
  • guidelines for Honors in Art History
  • guidelines for CURO and summer research fellowships

Find details about the minor in Art History here.

For a complete list of the art history courses, by area, see the UGA Bulletin.