This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2024-2025 VCU Bulletin. We may add courses that expose our students to cutting-edge content and transformative learning. We may also add content to the general education program that focuses on racial literacy and a racial literacy graduation requirement, and may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Radha Dalal​, Ph.D.
Assistant professor and interim director

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History is a liberal arts program composed of an academic course of study exposing the student to the scholarship, theoretical perspectives and research methods of not only the history of art, but related disciplines in the humanities. Courses focus on cultures, historical periods and regions. The program also includes possibilities for directed research projects as well as museum internships. This curriculum provides students the best possible background for future graduate work in art history.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a command of art historical terminology and the ability to identify key works of art in relationship to historical contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret works of art in relationship to the historical, cultural and/or geographical contexts in which they were made
  • Demonstrate the ability to read critically and apply art historical research methods in research papers
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct rigorous research and write papers that incorporate visual analysis and current scholarship in the interpretation of artworks