The Department of Art History at Penn State offers at the undergraduate level the B.A. degree in art history and two minors: the minor in art history and the interdisciplinary minor in architectural history. The department offers lecture/discussion courses and undergraduate seminars on a broad range of topics, from ancient to contemporary art and architecture in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Courses are also offered in museum studies and connoisseurship. Undergraduate courses are taught by fifteen faculty members, and three affiliate faculty members (who are curators in the Palmer Museum of Art).
Students interested in becoming art history majors should enter A & A and Art H on the application for admission to the University. Freshmen enroll first as general students in the College of Arts and Architecture and declare the specific major once they have earned grades at the University. Freshmen may begin their studies at any Penn State location, but majors must study at University Park to complete their degrees. Transfer students are considered for admission to University Park. To apply online, go to the Undergraduate Admissions Web site.
The department also has an active Undergraduate Art History Association. Penn State’s Summer Abroad program in Todi, Italy, is co-sponsored by the Department of Art History.