Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Picture Your World

Students and faculty members in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture (HA&A) explore global history, culture, and society through art and architecture from antiquity to the present day. Trained to celebrate cultural differences and the broad spectrum of human creativity and expression, art history students are natural ambassadors of pluralism and tolerance. Here, you’ll develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to help you become a true global citizen—ideally equipped to understand how historical events and concerns relate to important contemporary and international phenomena.


Engaged Faculty

students learn about artwork depicting the death of Buddha

two people inspect sculptural artifacts at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Within our department's global and multicultural scope, you'll find a stimulating variety of individual faculty research interests. The department is especially well-known for its focus on the art and architecture of the Pacific Rim—the Americas and East Asia in particular—as well as the Mediterranean world. In addition to these regional foci, current research strengths include urbanism and architecture; modern and contemporary art; and museum, curatorial, and exhibition studies.


The Student Experience

Explore world history, culture, and society through art and architecture. Celebrate cultural differences and the colorful spectrum of human creativity and expression. Immerse yourself in object-based learning. Develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to become a true global citizen.

HA&A is the hub for the history, theory, and criticism of visual culture within the University of Oregon's College of Design. Students and faculty also maintain deep connections with the university's broad research community through long-standing collaborations with the museums and research units across campus.

Joyce Cheng's class visits the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

students look at America sign at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
 


Enrich Your Academic Experience

There are opportunities to learn in class, across campus, and around the world. Expand your horizons with study abroad programs or internships. Learn more about how to develop your critical skills related to art history. Develop your leadership and communication skills by joining a student organization. Get involved in the student-run annual art history symposium.


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Success Stories

Allison Schukis (L), Benjamin Davis (C), and Rowan Tabor (R)

Art History Students Doing Amazing Work!

The Department of the History of Art and Architecture celebrated several stellar students for their work on topics from gender in ancient Greek sculpture to 20th-century medical illustration. Meet Allison Schukis (L), Benjamin Davis (C), and Rowan Tabor (R).

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