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 (VRC)
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)



Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Arts of Africa and/or the African Diaspora

For information click here

Department News

For current News items click here (updated 2/3/2016)

For the News Archive (before Fall 2015) click here


It’s time for majors and anyone else interested in art history and archaeology to meet up again! We will get together at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10 in the AHA seminar room (McReynolds 82). This time, we'll discuss Medieval art, and anything else that comes up. As always, there will be lots of snacks!

MACS Lecture
Dr. Margaret Conrads
Director of CuratorialAffairs
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

"Curating: Not Just a Pinterest Pastime"
Thursday, February 11 at 5:30 (following a 5:00 reception)

Student Center, Leadership Auditorium
Organized by the Museum Advisory Council of Students with support from the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

For more information about this and other upcoming Events click here