Art History (B.A.)

Art History Major

School of the Arts

Department of Visual Arts

At Messiah College, you’ll prepare for a great career as an educator, museum curator, gallery operator or art appraiser. A high percentage of our graduates also are accepted into graduate programs for art history and museum studies. Our program’s flexibility encourages students to take minors or double majors, such as history, studio art, or marketing, which permits students to further shape the major in their areas of interest.

In addition, each of our aspiring young art historians spend time studying abroad in locations such as Rome, London or Sydney. 

Messiah’s art history major is one of the few accredited art history majors available at Christian colleges nationwide.

As an art history major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Study all Western art and some non-Western art.
  • Enroll in a museum studies course culminating in the development of an actual exhibition.
  • Earn a double art studio/art history degree.
  • Participate in either the departmental honors program or an independent study opportunity for in-depth research.
  • Land an internship at places like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Susquehanna Art Museum, Freer/Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian), the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego or the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Major Requirements

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Minor Requirements:

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Art History at Messiah College

At Messiah, as a community of artists, students, and faculty, we work together to be faithful stewards of our gifts, encouraging and supportive of one another, honest and affirming to all.

Department of Visual Arts
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Well-equipped facilities including a variety of art studios, an art gallery, an art history classroom with specialized digital image projection and a darkroom.
Graphics and technology suite with Mac computers and the latest Adobe Creative Suite software.
Art education major provides a strong curriculum and thorough training in the arts within the framework of a liberal arts education and with commitment to a Christian world-view.
Accredited by the National Association of Art and Design (NASAD).
Department sponsors a complete exhibition calendar as well as annual lectures attended by the Messiah community and residents of the Harrisburg area.
The department takes semi-annual trips to museums in New York City and other nearby cities.
Graduates have received advances degrees from respected graduate schools across the country. Many graduates now work in fields that include careers in galleries, graphic design firms, Internet businesses, product design firms and publishing companies.
Art faculty regularly participate in juried national exhibits and have won national design awards.
Art faculty helped create and direct the national organization of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).