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With ten full-time faculty offering classes in European, Asian, American, Native American, Latin and Central American cultures and across time periods from antiquity to the present, the art history program in the Herberger Institute School of Art at Arizona State University is comprehensive and flexible to serve a wide variety of student interests. In addition, the faculty also teach in the Museum Studies BA program, which offers internships in museums and archives around the country. Honors students who major in either art history or museum studies can make use of facilities, including the ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, and Phoenix museums. The museum studies concentration is an interdisciplinary program, which involves courses in the School of Art, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Parks and Recreation Management, Tourism Development and Management, School of Public Affairs, Department of Recreation and Tourism Management and the W. P. Carey School of Business to prepare students for work in arts administration. All art history courses taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible for honors contracts and all of these faculty are happy to work with honors students on contracts and theses.
“I wanted to choose something that combined both of my majors. I am a firm believer in interdisciplinary methodologies and doing a thesis that would rely on both my European history degree and art history degree was important to me. I believe they both complement each other very well and I wanted a chance to explore that…I wish that people will come away with a better understanding of how art and history can be related to each other and to them. Things are not so compartmentalized as people may think and it is possible to make connections to better understand the world and ourselves.”