Art History Overview

Art history at USD is approached as a discipline with a history, and students examine the historical and theoretical frames that have shaped its definition over time.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

Courses in art history examine art and visual culture in their contexts: probing the intertwining of form, content and meaning; and investigating the theoretical lenses that have been enlisted to discern the import of art, architecture and material culture.

Art History majors choose one of four emphases:

  1. History of Art
  2. Museum and Curatorial Practice
  3. History and Theory of Architecture
  4. Global History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture