48 months
45000 USD/year
45000 USD/year
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Immerse yourself in the history of visual art and architecture and gain insights into cultures from the Stone Age to the present. The Art History degree is offered at Willamette University.


The Department of Art History offers an exciting sequence of courses—from introductory surveys to more specialized seminars—that explore the complex world of visual art in its different historical contexts. A central part of the art history program is dedicated to the analysis of the significant facts and forms of visual art from Antiquity to Postmodernism. 

This analysis encompasses an effort to frame critically and understand historically the plurality of ways in which art has been conceived, produced, used and interpreted throughout time, according to the mutable interplay of material conditions and cultural expectations that characterizes different societies. Consequently, the courses cover a vast horizon of topics, problems, and questions pertaining to artistic traditions belonging to a wide variety of periods and geographic areas, from Asia to Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Careers in Art History

Recent alumni of Willamette University’s Department of Art History pursued graduate degrees at institutions such as Harvard University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Oregon. Current students and alumni also pursued recent internship and career opportunities with The New Yorker, The Denver Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Corning Museum of Glass, and several other noted institutions.

Graduates of Art History program at Willamette University secure employment in a wide range of professions, including academia, art conservation science, primary and secondary school teaching, business, law, photography and many other fields.

Getting Involved

Our students collaborate with faculty in diverse ways, such as helping to research and curate exhibitions at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art on campus, or by traveling abroad with professors to document contemporary art and interview important artists in the field. Through local internships at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, or with regional art conservationists, our students benefit from numerous opportunities to gain professional experience as they pursue art historical studies. In addition, students participate in a number of funded scholarly initiatives on campus that foster student-faculty collaboration, student research presentations in a public setting, and community service-based art exhibitions and projects. At the Pacific Northwest Art and Artists Archive (PNAAA), located in the Hatfield Library on campus, students gain firsthand experience conducting historical research by examining archival documents, works of art and artifacts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Art Historical Inquiry
  • Monographic Studies in Art History
  • Contemporary Art: 1970-Present
  • Modern Art [Europe and America]: 1890-1945
  • 18th- and 19th-Century Art History
  • Western Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Baroque and Neoclassical Visual Culture
  • Renaissance Visual Culture
  • Roman Art and Architecture
  • Greek Art and Architecture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common application
  • Records of Secondary and Post-Secondary Academic Work
  • School Report Form and Counselor Recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores - optional
  • Teacher Evaluation - optional
  • Official Language Test Score
  • Passport Photo Identification Page
  • Financial Guarantee Statement
  • Mailing Your Documents

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45000 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    45000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45000 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Oregon

1031 - 1701 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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