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.

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Annual Art History Student Symposium

The Student Art History Symposium takes place every spring. Eight to ten students are selected to present their research papers to an audience of peers and faculty. Past research has been on topics such as Eastern European public sculpture and Banksy's street art.

This event serves as an opportunity to have your work recognized and critiqued by a wider audience. Each year one undergraduate student is chosen to represent the department at the annual regional symposium to renowned art historians from the Front Range.

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

Annabeth Headrick at Chichen Itza

Annabeth Headrick

Associate Professor; Director, School of Art & Art History

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Bilha Moor

Bilha Moor

Assistant Professor

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Dean S. Sobel

Dean S. Sobel

Associate Professor of the Practice of Art History and Museum Studies

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Sarah Magnatta

Sarah J. Magnatta

Assistant Professor

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