Bachelor of Arts in Art History

The Department of Art in the School of the Arts offers a History of Art major. Students learn about a variety of periods and topics whose content focuses primarily on Western art. Periods include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Contemporary. Topics include modern propaganda, decorative arts, beauty and the body, and history of paleontology illustration.


The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in art history.

Why study art at the University of Nevada, Reno?

The Department of Art offers a number of exciting opportunities for students to become actively involved and engaged in real-world experiences. The department boasts a world-renowned art museum, a cutting-edge fabrication lab and a printing press that brings the history of book arts alive.

The Lilley Museum is a two-story art museum that allows students the opportunity to help prepare exhibits and take care of collections. The Lilley offers regularly scheduled programming and events co-hosted with other campus departments and local organizations and exhibitions rotate frequently.

The Fabrication Lab provides hands-on production and learning by enabling innovation and interdisciplinary connectivity at the intersection of art and technology. Equipment available for student-use in the fabrication lab includes an industrial fabricator sewing machine, a laser engraver, a 3D printer and a Zundt D3 digital cutting machine.

The Black Rock Press is well-equipped to advance the art of the book while educating students and the broader community about book arts as both a historical and contemporary medium. The press publishes a range of literary, visual and experimental materials that address the evolving nature of the book. Students learn the history of graphic design and fine typography through letterpress printing from metal and wood type on historic presses from the 19th and 20th centuries along with the newest design tools.

Internship/career opportunities

A bachelor's degree in art history or advanced postgraduate master in fine arts degree provide knowledge and experience useful for many different career choices. This includes: artists, museum curators, or teaching art history and more.

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