The Art History program at Marshall University serves students by providing a strong foundation in the history and theory of art. With a focus on the Western tradition, the program offers a two-semester History of Art and an array of specialized courses. Resources include an extensive collection of slides and access to ARTstor, a digital collection containing 300,000 images housed in the University Libraries and accessible both on and off campus. Students with majors as diverse as anthropology and English routinely take art history courses for enrichment, and any student may minor in art history by taking the two-semester survey plus four additional courses.
The culmination of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is a Capstone project developed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. The student’s work on this project is shown in a Senior Exhibition in the school’s Birke Art Gallery or in another venue on the Marshall University campus.