Undergraduate Program

General Information - What We Do
Art historians and archaeologists seek to understand different cultures by studying their artistic monuments and other material remains. By looking closely at objects within their historical, social, and technological contexts, students develop skills of visual perception and analysis as ways of exploring how images can express identity, share information, and shape everyday life. This integrative approach to cultural traditions draws readily on other disciplines like art, anthropology, classics, film studies, gender studies, history, languages, literature, music, philosophy, and religion.

The undergraduate program supports students pursuing an academic major in either classical archaeology or art history. A double or dual major allows students to combine their interest with work in other departments in the College of Arts and Science (for example, Art, Classical Studies, or Geology) or other academic units (for example, Business or Journalism). Many students majoring in other programs also complete the undergraduate minor in art history and archaeology.

While the BA is not a vocational or professional degree, undergraduate majors gain a broad foundation in the liberal arts that is readily adapted to future goals. Recent graduates of the program have gone on to careers in art galleries, civic arts organizations, cultural heritage offices, historical archives and museums, journalism, library and information sciences, secondary education, and fine arts conservation. Students wishing to pursue specialized research and college-level teaching continue their studies at the masters and doctoral levels.

Director of Undergraduate Studies 

Professor James van Dyke
211 Swallow Hall
Professor Van Dyke meets with students to discuss the following:

  • Art History major exploration
  • Course selection for the major
  • Graduate school planning
  • Career options

For general information  please contact:

School of Visual Studies
102 Swallow Hall
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211-2015