Our accelerated dual-degree program allows advanced undergraduate art history majors to simultaneously pursue bachelor's and master's degrees. During their junior year, students can apply for one of the limited spaces in this competitive program under the guidance of their Art History Advisor. You'll develop a deep and refined understanding of how art shapes and reflects cultures on individual and societal levels. You'll have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, curators and visiting artists as you explore historical periods and cultures. The program culminates in a master's level research project.

Upon program completion, students can pursue further graduate studies or work in fields such as education, curation, publishing and more. An optional concentration in Museum Studies opens up further employment options in museums and galleries.

Why Study Art History at DU?

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    Our dual-degree program allows advanced undergraduate art history majors to pursue BA and MA degrees simultaneously.

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    We provide local and national internships, enabling students to gain the experience needed to secure employment after graduation.

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    Our official partnerships with the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts give students opportunities for hands-on experiences that supplement their classroom learning.

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    We introduce students to internationally renowned visiting artists, curators and scholars to expand their professional network.

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Degree Requirements

  • For the dual-degree program, you will need to complete both the undergraduate and graduate level requirements for art history, which total 227 credits minimum.
  • You will need 171 credits at the undergraduate level. The undergraduate credit reduction with a dual degree is 12 credits from the original 183 required for undergraduates.
  • You will need 56 credits at the graduate level, with no credit reduction.

See the DU Dual-Degree Bulletin for full program requirements. 

Featured Faculty

  • Gwen Chanzit

    Gwen Chanzit

    Director of Museum Studies and Full Professor of the Practice, Museum Studies/Art History, School of Art and Art History; Curator of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive, Denver Art Museum 

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  • Annabeth Headrick

    Annabeth Headrick

    Associate Professor, Mesoamerican, Native North American and Andean Art; Graduate Art History Advisor

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  • Scott Montgomery

    Scott Montgomery

    Associate Professor, Medieval and Renaissance Art; Undergraduate Art History Advisor 

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  • Bilha Moor

    Bilha Moor

    Assistant Professor, Islamic Art History

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