Art with Art History Concentration (BA)


The University offers a bachelor of arts (BA) in art—with an art history concentration.

Art History is a discipline that focuses on the history, theory and criticism of the visual arts and helps the student to understand different cultures and historical periods through the study and analysis of art and architecture. The ISU Art History Program is a liberal-arts degree and is designed to provide the student with broadly based analytical and critical viewing skills enhanced by practical studio experience and academically related courses, which will enable the student to pursue a variety of professional careers in the visual arts and graduate-level work in art history.

The program includes a substantial number of art history courses organized to examine the history of art from a variety of cultural periods from prehistoric to modern times. Students may also choose to supplement departmental offerings with appropriate courses in the humanities. The program is supported by a well-developed collection of research materials in the Cunningham Memorial Library.

Art history students develop skills highly valued by employers such as critical and creative thinking, oral, written and visual communication skills, problem solving, organized research and systematic problem solving.

Students gain exposure to artists of national and international significance through a regular schedule of exhibitions and lectures in the University Art Gallery. Other ISU gallery spaces provide students with additional opportunities to view or exhibit artwork. Art History students also have learning opportunities through hands-on and other experiential work with ISU’s Permanent Art Collection. The department enjoys a strong collaborative relationship with the Swope Art Museum, nationally recognized as a major regional museum.

The department offers a number of student organizations, including the Omega Chapter of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity. In addition, students have opportunities to apply their knowledge and talent through real-life experiences such as interning at museums, galleries, community arts centers or design firms.

Required Courses


Career opportunities are many and varied.

List below are a few of the options:

  • Art or antiques dealer
  • Arts administration
  • Arts writing and publishing
  • Commercial gallery work
  • Museum work
  • Corporate collections
  • Conservation and Preservation

In addition, the Art History Program is excellent preparation for graduate-level work in art history, museum studies or art administration.

In addition, the Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Art and Design awards several scholarships and juried prizes.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Art and Design
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Art and Design
Indiana State University