What can works of art reveal about their creators and cultural contexts? Explore interpretations of visual art and new ways of seeing the world. Examine the relationship between creativity and historical forces.
About the Program
When you study art history at Mills, you’ll explore painting, sculpture, architecture, and other visual art forms from the earliest civilizations to the present. In small, lively classes, you’ll learn about artists and artworks in their historical, cultural, and religious contexts, as well as the changes that have shaped visual culture over time. You’ll receive individual attention from your professors, who are highly regarded scholars and dedicated teachers. Visiting faculty and lecturers will share their expertise and further enrich your study of art history.
Ideas and discussion will be valued in all your classes. Professors will empower you to think independently and find your own voice. You’ll develop essential critical analysis, research, and communication skills that will enable you to discuss artists and interpret images with discernment. You’ll also have opportunities to gain hands-on experience curating exhibits and to study abroad. View our program details for in-depth information on the major and minor.
When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for graduate study or to begin a career in the visual arts, culminating in a position as a museum or gallery curator, arts administrator, conservator, art critic, educator, or lawyer, for example.
Courses You Could Take
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art
Art in Venice Between East and West
The Image & the Law
Critical and Theoretical Approaches to the History of Art
Museum Studies Workshop
Gender & the Western Visual Tradition