Art History; reflections of four women in the glass frame of a work of art

Art History


Study art history among the vibrant museums and contemporary art galleries of our nation’s capital

The Art History Program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is situated in the heart of the culturally rich city of Washington, D.C., providing students with unique opportunities to study the arts. Our students learn to apply visual and historical analyses to artworks, as well as incorporate relevant and current theoretical and methodological approaches to research. Our proximity to Washington’s many museums and galleries means that the permanent collections and exhibitions of some of the most important art institutions in the world often serve as the backbone of student coursework and study. Our curriculum covers a wide swath of the history of art, but has specific areas of focus in Renaissance, Islamic, South Asian, American and Modern and Contemporary art. Our rigorous and supportive scholarly program places special emphasis on developing individual students’ research and writing skills.




We offer four programs to study art history at the undergraduate level: a bachelor of arts in art history; a dual bachelor of arts in art history and fine arts; a combined bachelor of arts and master of arts in art history; as well as a minor in art history.





Who you'll learn with


Professor Robinson in lecture

Our faculty are knowledgeable practitioners that will guide you through the program and on to your goals. For example, meet beloved Art History Professor and alumna Lilien Robinson (BA ’62, MA ’65). Professor Robinson continues to inspire generations of students through her passion for art.

More About Professor Robinson

Visiting Artists & Scholars Program

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee (VASC) is a student-run organization that invites respected scholars and artists to present public lectures in Smith Hall of Art. The committee typically brings six to eight speakers to campus each year. All VASC lectures are free and open to the public. All VASC members and attendees of VASC lectures have the chance to interact informally with visiting speakers during post-lecture receptions and dinners.


Alum design work: poster of a woman with text "the indigenous beauty is older than america and isn't found in a hipster headdress"

Brigit O’Malley, BA Art History, Class of 2018

Brigit O’Malley is an art history major who loves anthropology, as well as architecture and painting. O’Malley demonstrates how she combines her various academic interests with her love of French culture through our Art History program.




Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd St, NW, Room 101 
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