Online Bachelor of Arts in Art – Art History

Earning an art history degree allows you to develop widely applicable abilities while studying topics with broad cultural appeal. In this program, you’ll learn about the economic, social and political contexts necessary for understanding artistic trends. You’ll also study related topics like media and performance studies, literature, history, science and anthropology. Through art, you can achieve a broader understanding of the world, learn to conduct research and enhance your critical thinking abilities.

What is unique about this online art history degree concentration?


Our program is one of the few online art history degree concentrations offered nationwide. You can benefit from the broad knowledge base and substantial experience held by our internationally renowned faculty members. Additionally, our art history courses cover important topics present across different countries and eras. In this program, you’ll be encouraged to explore fields related to art history and conduct independent research.

What skills will I get with a bachelor’s in art with an art history concentration?


In addition to taking online art history courses, you can study topics that develop wide-ranging cultural literacy. You’ll have opportunities to hone your talents in public speaking and problem solving.

Art serves as a focal point for examining trends that have shaped the world. By developing skills in creative thinking, research and writing, you’ll examine cultural expression and strengthen your capacity to conduct analysis and communicate clearly.

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Bachelor of Arts
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Art History
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Art History (BA)
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Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in art with a concentration in art history degree online facilitates a greater appreciation for forms and functions in visual media across time. By studying art history, you can acquire an in-depth understanding of cultural expression. Graduates will be prepared to pursue employment opportunities in museums, galleries or art agencies.

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To earn your art degree with a concentration in art history, you’ll take courses that facilitate a deeper understanding of cultural context. You’ll examine topics associated with the aesthetics, production, patronage and consumption of art. Specific courses provide a background in art from different cultures, time periods and geographies. The rich and diverse curriculum culminates in the study of research methods and a seminar focused on research and writing. Courses in the major include:

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Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts - Undergraduate Programs
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Learn from arts educators known throughout the world

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • The study of creative work.
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A premier institution for the arts and art history
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ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theatre. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

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internationally recognized faculty members.

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programs in arts, media and engineering, design, film, dance and theatre, and music.

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Top 20
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among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

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Will my art degree with a concentration in art history say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Arts in art. Your concentration in art history will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

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