The Art History Major is based on a solid curriculum in the history of art, allowing students to tailor their coursework to fit their personal career aspirations, and it incorporates Drexel’s nationally known co-op experience which will have students working for six months within the field with possible co-ops at museums, galleries, auctions houses, and arts publications. The curriculum provides students with great flexibility to study Art History as a freestanding major or as a dual degree, enabling students to also pursue a degree in one of the University’s more than 80 majors, and to do so without having to extend their time at the University. The goal of the Art History major is to provide an excellent interdisciplinary liberal arts education with a sound foundation in the history of visual arts and a strong competence in writing, research and critical thinking.
Two thirds of the curriculum can be focused, with rigorous advisement, on a specific area of interest to the student with courses to choose from in design, business, the humanities and sciences. The four-year degree can also be combined with the Westphal College’s Masters’ programs in Arts Administration or Museum Leadership. Whether intending to continue with graduate education or entering the job market immediately after graduation, the new major enables students to gain all the necessary skills to be competitive in the path of their choice (digital, visual and business expertise, writing and analytical skills). The Art History major is also an excellent pre-professional program for students aspiring to graduate school in medicine, law or architecture, as it as it can be tailored to incorporate the requirements for acceptance to the appropriate schools.
A major asset of the program is the extraordinary wealth of world-class museums located in in Philadelphia and along the New York to Washington corridor. The major will foster a hands-on approach, and will involve students in the close study of art objects held in several museums, including our own Drexel collections rich with European 19th century paintings and Philadelphia portraits, the well-known Fox Historic Costume Collection, and the rotating contemporary art exhibits of the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.