Art History

Art History at UNC is devoted to the study of the visual arts. You’ll have the opportunity to consider a broad diversity of media, artistic techniques, styles, historical contexts, methodologies and critical approaches.

Survey courses span ancient to contemporary art, and upper division courses allow you to focus intensively on topics ranging from Mesoamerican to 20th century art and women artists. Coursework emphasizes critical thinking and analysis, research and strong written and verbal communication. You’ll engage with critical perspectives and examine works in depth to develop visual literacy and the ability to understand and communicate their meanings.

With a degree in art history, you could be a professor, a
curator, an art critic, an art/antique dealer, an art conservation
specialist, or an art historian.




Art History Students

Balcony House at Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde

Art History Coursework

As an art history student, you will take classses in Ancient Art History, Drawing, Native Art, Japanese Art, and Painting.

In addition, courses in Art History are frequently offered during the summer semester and include field trips to places like Mesa Verde and study abroad in Italy.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Professor Chip Coronel will be leading a Study Abroad Italy: Early Italian Renaissance Art History in Italy Summer 2017. This is the 40th year he has been taking students abroad to experience art first hand. The course focuses on Tuscan and Umbrian Renaissance arts painting, sculpture, and architecture—beginning with artists from the areas of Siena, Assisi, Pienza, Orvieto, Florence, and Arezzo during the 13th century and concluding with the golden age of Italian 15th century art in Florence. Lectures and reading assignments are supplemented with visits to relevant museums, monuments, and architecture in these areas.


The galleries offer hands-on curatorial experience. We encourage and support internships in Greeley and beyond, such as in museums and galleries in Denver, Fort Collins, and Loveland.

The Petteys Collection of Women’s Art and archive offer students research opportunities with works by Mary Cassatt, Käthe Kollwitz, Hannah Höch, Rosa Bonheur, Elizabeth Catlett, Joan Mitchell, and others.

Learn more about UNC Galleries.

UNC Petteys Collection

UNC Petteys Collection


Success Stories

“Art History professor Chip Coronel had the greatest impact on me as a student at UNC. Through his teaching he showed me how exciting and fun art history could be and he challenged me to reach deeper and farther with my own scholarly work.”

Kathleen Bickford Berzock (BA '87) - Director of Curatorial Affairs, Northwestern University Block Museum of Art

Kathleen Bickford Berzock, UNC Alum

Art History students participate in inagural Art History Symposium. Read more.


UNC Art History Symposium

Faculty & Staff


Ken Price