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Art History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #551 (QS) Bethlehem, PA, United States
The Art History major at Lehigh University introduces students to the study of works of art as they relate to the historical and cultural contexts in which they are produced. Students will be exposed to a broad range of artistic production, from antiquity through the present, and to the varied intellectual concerns and methodological approaches that characterize the discipline.
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Because the discipline of art history approaches the study of works of art from diverse concerns and interests, students will also learn to use evidence from the study of history, religion, economics, politics, literature, and gender studies. The art history major trains students in critical thinking and analytical skills that provide an excellent foundation for careers or further study in the field of art history, as well as for a wide range of other professional and educational options. Many students of art history at Lehigh have gone on to jobs in art galleries, museums, and other cultural institutions, or to graduate study in art history. Others have gone on to successful careers in such fields of law, business, and medicine.

Art History majors have a wealth of resources at Lehigh University. Majors are encouraged to make use of the original works of art in the collection of the Lehigh University Art Gallery, and the Special Collections of the Lehigh's library.  Students are also able to study abroad through programs such as the Lehigh in Rome and Florence program and Lehigh in Paris program, as well as a number of semester abroad programs available to Lehigh students. Proximity to major art museums in New York and Philadelphia provide superb opportunities for studying first-rate, original works of art. Field trips to these cities are organized regularly through the Department of Art and Architecture.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Art and Architecture History: Ancient to Medieval
  • Art History: Renaissance to Present
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design 
  • 20th-Century Art
  • Global Contemporary: Recent Art Movements Around the World
  • Advanced Seminar in Art History
  • Architectural History
  • American Architecture
  • 20th-Century Architecture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • $70 Application Fee
  • Electronic submission from your school through the Common Application website is accepted and encouraged.
  • Lehigh University will adopt a test optional policy for the SAT or ACT during the 2020-21 year.
  • Transcripts must have the high school seal and/or official signature and be from a high school with a CEEB code.
  • All non-US citizens are required to submit the Certificate of Finances form filled out for all four years.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bethlehem

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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