Art History concerns the study of the work and lives of artists and the cultural and theoretical contexts of works of art and architecture. The program offers a M.A. in a two-year course of study. Five full-time faculty members pursue research interests in their spheres of specialization, including Baroque, 19th and 20th Century, African-American, Contemporary Art and Museum and Curatorial Practice. Part-time instructors, drawn primarily from the distinguished array of art centers in Cincinnati, occasionally teach courses that contribute to the depth of the program.
The Bachelor of Art in Art History offers historical and critical instruction in art and architecture. Study of art within history is especially recommended to those students who believe in the value of a broad humanistic education. A fundamental aim of the program is to awaken and to foster an interest in art history, and to provide the student with basic knowledge of artistic activities of the past and present.