Fred Shane (American, 1906-1992), University of Missouri, 1946, Oil on masonite
Museum of Art and Archaeology, Gift of Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney, Inc.,
transferred from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Operations, MU (2014.97)


The Department of Art History and Archaeology teaches, and interprets through research and publication, the visual and material culture of the classical world, Europe, and the Americas. This mission is supported by nine full-time faculty members, and by a combination of departmentally-managed visual and archival resources rare in American universities.

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In addition to providing elements of a liberal education, the program prepares students who wish to specialize in art history or classical archaeology for graduate work.


The department considers the M.A. a broad training program characterized by a diversity of courses.

The Ph.D. qualifies the holder for teaching positions in colleges and universities and for curatorial positions in museums.

AHAGSA, the Art History & Archaeology Graduate Student Association web page for news and information to/from grad students in the department.



Our faculty and staff reflect the widening scope of our discipline with particular strengths in the areas of classical archaeology, the arts of the Americas; the history of architecture; Byzantine and medieval art; gender, sexuality, and the arts; material culture; and the transmission of the classical tradition in later European and American art..

The Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Capitoline Museum in Rome have formed a partnership, "Hidden Treasures of Rome," to advance the study of ancient Roman artifacts. Faculty and graduate students will be studying these objects, the first of which arrived in September 2014.
See also Museum page; University News Bureau; New York Times


Visual Resources Center
Other Departmental Resources


Faculty standards documents
Criteria for Doctoral Faculty Membership (pdf)
Performance Standards for Post-Tenure Review (pdf)
Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure (pdf)


Department News

November 9, 2015

The Department of Art History and Archaeology fully supports the Mizzou student activists who are speaking out for institutional change at the University of Missouri. The group #ConcernedStudent1950 is putting their personal comfort, safety, and even lives on the line to try to effect long-needed institutional change. Their feelings are widely shared in the university community since racism and discrimination fundamentally affect us all. The department stands ready to work with students, faculty, and administrators in taking the next steps to transform Mizzou into the diverse and fully inclusive institution that reflects the best of all of us.

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For the News Archive (before August 2014) click here


Professor Paul B. Jaskot will speak on "Mapping the Architecture at Auschwitz: Culture and Genocide in the SS Ambitions for the East" on November 30 in room 106 Lefevre Hall at 5:00 p.m.

This event is preceded by the Colloquium on the Digital Humanities at noon in the Memorial Union. For faculty and graduate students, please contact Professor James van Dyke( to reserve a seat.

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