The major in Art History is designed to increase the student’s understanding of the meaning and purpose of the visual arts across cultures and time. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, courses examine the historical development, formal expression, and societal role of visual culture, art, and architecture.


The philosophy of the Department rests on the premise that its students should receive a broad education that combines creativity and scholarly study. The foremost objective of the majors offered in the Department of Art and Art History is to prepare students intellectually and professionally for a career in Studio Arts and Art History and/or graduate studies. Courses offered to undergraduate majors and non-majors stress the cultural value of the visual arts. The pedagogy aligns with the university’s new initiative of DEI and anti-racism, highlights the strengths, and is consistent with LMU’s branding slogan, “Create the World You Want to Live In.”