Alternate content for script Text Only VersionSkip to Main Content

History of Art

Female caucasian students in class in the Art History Lecture Room

The Metropolitan Museum of Art believes that art has the ability to tell the stories of the past and uncover its secrets. Looking at the past allows us to look towards the future. Through art history we are able to look at art to determine the symbolism, colors, and materials significant to certain time periods and cultures based on the piece in question.

The history of art major here at Rosemont College allows students to delve deep into the visual culture of eastern and western civilization from the first marks man and woman made in caves through contemporary art scenes in the U.S. and abroad.

Courses investigate paintings, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, photography, and film. All courses include integrated, interactive museum, gallery, or other service learning components.

Students have the opportunity to learn through internships that provide career training at museums, galleries and other venues. Students are encouraged to partake in travel abroad opportunities that allow students to experience art first hand.

Students will be able to attend symposia and panel discussions with educators, museum personnel, artists, conservationists and art critics.

Academic Opportunities

Because of Rosemonts close proximity to Philadelphia, students have the ability to closely study famous works of art in the major museums of Philadelphia, Washington DC., and New York.  Courses are inovating and challenging. Past courses include Body Art and Tattoos, Hollywood Horror Film, and The Arts of Death. 

Past Internships

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Christies Auction House
  • The Bradywine River Museum
  • Freemans Auction House 
  • The Clay Studio

Study Abroad

There are multiple opportunities for students to study abroad and immerse themselves in the history of architecture, and iconic artworks. Some courses have a study abroad component that involves ten-day trips during the sememster. Rosemont College partnered with The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University offers over 100 programs in over 16 countries.