Art History Major & Minor

A combination of specialized visual analysis and placement of works of art and architecture in their political and social contexts makes art history a quintessential liberal arts major.


Where degrees in art history can take you.

Whether you want to pursue a career as an educator, curator, museum administrator, gallery owner, auction consultant, or researcher, as a Hartwick art history student you’ll get the hands-on experience you need to succeed.


A closer look.

With its global exploration of the art of every continent, Hartwick’s three-course introduction to art history provides students an academic advantage from the very beginning. From there, you’ll begin to dig deeper in specific areas, across the globe and through time.


Beyond the basic.

Hartwick hosts a varied schedule of art events, including exhibitions, visiting art historian lectures, artist’s gallery talks, and films. You can even explore works of art and architecture in their original locations on one of our J Term off-campus programs to Italy, England, or France.

Art history majors recently have completed internships with:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Brooklyn Museum
  • The Edward Hopper House Art Center
  • The Munson Williams Proctor Institute
  • The Hyde Collection
  • The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Putting art history to work.

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in a wide range of art-related fields and to further study at top graduate schools.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The American Folk Art Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Madison Square Art
  • The Chrysler Museum of Art
  • The Fairfield Museum and History Center

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Columbia University
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • New York University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of St. Andrews
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Hunter College
  • American University

Meet the art history faculty.

Hartwick’s expert art history faculty look forward while looking back. They study the vast array of visual expression in order to inspire students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Barbara Ardan
Lecturer in Art
B.A., Wellesley College
Elizabeth Ayer
Professor of Art History, Coordinator of ISP
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Areas of expertise:
Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Art of Imperial China and Art of the Andes, 13th century Italian painting and the impact of Byzantine art and culture in the West.
Kevin Gray
Lecturer in Photography and 2D Technician
MFA, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Erik Halvorson
Glass Artist in Residence and 3D Technician
MFA, NYSCC at Alfred University
Kenneth Havenstein
Lecturer in Art History
Ph.D., Binghamton University
Areas of expertise:
Medieval through Baroque Art, women and art, music and politics in medieval art.
Douglas Zullo
Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
modern western art, art of the 19th and 20th centuries, contemporary art, world cinema, history of photography, and Buddhist art, cross-currents between visual art, music, literature, and performance.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick art history experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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