Art history is a field of study within the Humanities, which examines the visual and material culture of peoples in a wide range of contexts throughout human history. Students of Art History at UNLV are introduced to both western and non-western art in an open curriculum that encourages further study outside the discipline. Art history majors must complete a trio of survey courses, presenting an overview of primarily European, North American, and non-Western art from the prehistoric period to the present. This foundation knowledge is then expanded with elective Art History courses in areas of the students’ choice and in which they practice critical reading, writing, and analytical skills.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify major works of art from the time periods and cultures represented in courses taken this semester.
  • Articulate the formal elements (e.g. line, color, composition, perspective, etc.) of works of art.
  • Identify differences and similarities between works of art from the same or different historical moments.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to works of art.
  • Learn more about an historical period through studying works of art and artists from that period.
  • Knowledgeably discuss art historical styles and movements.
  • Articulate and respond to unfamiliar works of art based on skills developed studying known works.


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Minor in Art History

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Department of Art

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College of Fine Arts

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