The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts offers a major and minor in art history. The program consists of courses that span the ancient world to the present with emphasis on the Middle Ages to global contemporary art.
Students are introduced to a range of different methodological models and critically examine how art, architecture, design and visual culture intersect with social, cultural, political and economic contexts. In addition to a range of core courses in art history students also take specialty classes, which include history of paleontology illustration, decorative arts, gender studies, modern propaganda, German art, Dada, sound art, theory and criticism, and advanced themes in global contemporary art.
Additional courses offered through the Department of Art include the history of photography, history of fashion design and gallery practices. Students also have the opportunity to take cross-listed, upper division courses through the Basque Studies Program. Many students at the University of Nevada, Reno further augment their curriculum with study abroad courses provided by the University Studies Abroad Consortium, which reinforce the importance of foreign language and travel to the field of art history. Additional resources include the Nevada Museum of Art, local galleries and regional museums from Sacramento to the Bay Area.
Complementary minor areas of study include foreign languages, art education, business administration, museum studies and a range of minors offered through the Gender, Race, and Identity Program.
Advanced courses in art history, theory and criticism also play an integral role in the Masters of Fine Arts program.
The goal of the art history major and minor is to ensure that students understand and expand the interdisciplinary scope of the field, to research overt and
subtle intersections between the history of art and other arenas including cultural studies, economics, gender studies, literature, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, sociology and the sciences. Upon graduation students pursue graduate programs in art history, curatorial practices and museum studies, as well as professions in other realms including art sales and art education.