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Art History

Expand your worldview by understanding art’s critical role in history and culture.

Two TCU students view a painting at Fort Worth's Modern art museum

As an art history student, you will learn about art in the world-class museums of Fort Worth and Dallas and gain the skills necessary to compete successfully in today’s changing job market. The foundation in liberal arts and humanities that art history provides is essential to becoming a life-long learner and educated global citizen. Classes promote skills in critical inquiry and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Research and creative projects enhance problem-solving skills.

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Sample Courses


  • Art of Mexico from 1500 to Present
  • History of Visual Communication
  • Women and the Visual Arts, 1500-1800
  • Modern Architecture: 1750 to Present
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Special Admission Requirements


There are no special admission requirements for undergraduate study. Learn more about the graduate admissions process.

Our Faculty


TCU’s faculty members are active in their fields of expertise, writing articles and books, participating in museum exhibitions, lecturing nationally and internationally and working with museums and galleries on various projects. Small class sizes promote close student-faculty interaction. Students also assist professors with research, conduct independent studies and intern at area museums.

What Sets Us Apart


The art history program at TCU is closely linked to some of the most important museums in the world: the Amon Carter Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Sid Richardson Museum – all located a short distance from campus. Classes regularly meet at the museums to examine and discuss specific works of art; often a course will be held at an art museum, rather than on campus, for the entire semester.

Career Prospects


Our art history majors land jobs as teachers and professors, researchers, executive directors, museum/gallery administrators, art writers, gallery owners and curators, while others use the skills learned in their art history courses in a variety of careers outside the arts, such as law and public relations.  See a sampling of where our students go after graduation:

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Christie’s, New York
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Norwood Gallery, Austin
  • Savannah College of Art and Design

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