Art History Major

The Art History major prepares students for careers in museum work, galleries, historical sites, arts organizations, various academic pursuits and the degree is accredited by NASAD.

Kutztown University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History provides an overview of social and cultural history through the lens of the visual arts, globally and from prehistoric times to the present. This program includes coursework and pre-professional training for students seeking a concentrated study of art and its history. The major will prepare students for careers in museum and curatorial studies, conservation and preservation, and theory and academic scholarship, fundamental aspects of the research and presentation of art and visual culture. Students with an art history B.A. would be qualified to pursue graduate work in the field or diverse employment opportunities, ranging from Archivist and Art Director to Curator and Registrar. In addition, many of the skills developed through this program, such as critical analysis, research, and writing, apply to a broad spectrum of career paths, including arts administration, non-profit administration, law, and business.

The curriculum for the B.A. in Art History encourages students to participate in numerous research-based practices. A series of introductory courses will broadly introduce undergraduates to the history of art, while upper-level classes will focus on diverse geographic, temporal, and cultural areas. A required seminar will introduce students to art historical methodologies and practices, and majors will complete 21-credit hours of upper-division electives within art history. In addition, B.A. candidates will be expected to complete 6-credit hours of studio art, learning fine arts practices in mediums such as drawing and photography. Students will retain 30-credit hours of free electives and be encouraged to use these electives to study related fields across campus based upon their career goals and academic interests. Finally, students will be required to complete an internship at a museum, gallery, or other related venue, allowing them to acquire hands-on experience in a professional setting while building their résumés for the job market or graduate school.

• Checksheet and Suggested Sequence of Required Courses for BA in Art History


Information on the Art History Minor


Associate Professor, Fine Arts

Professor Atiyeh teaches art survey A and upper division courses in Greek. Roman, early Medieval and Islamic art history and archaeology. She received a PhD in 2006 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she wrote a dissertation on urban transformation of the north African city of Carthage in late antiquity as seen through domestic architecture, architectural decoration and urban planning. As part of this research, she co-directed the excavations of a RomanoByzantine house on the Byrsa Hill in Carthage. a city where she has also worked on the excavations and publication of Bir Ftouha, a sixth century Christian church complex. More recently, Professor Atiyeh’s research has shifted from the field to the archive. She is presently co-directing the digitization of an archive of archaeological documents from late nineteenth and early twentieth century excavations carried out in Carthage and now housed in Rome. These are presently being published as an online research portal.


Associate Professor, Fine Arts

Professor Haxall teaches courses on modem and contemporary art. He earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University where his dissertation, “Cut and Paste Abstraction: Politics, Form, and Identity in Abstract Expressionist Collage,” was supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Dr. Haxall has published widely on Abstract Expressionism and contemporary art, including collage, installation art, corporate patronage, and sports in art. He previously taught at the University at Buffalo and Penn State University, and has lectured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Harvard University, New York University, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and College Art Association among others. Recent publications include exhibition catalogues on Esteban Vicente and Lee Hall, a paper on Robert Motherwell and John Cage in the Journal for Black Mountain College Studies, and the essay, “Pitch Invasion: Football, Contemporary Art, and the African Diaspora,” in a recent issue of Soccer & Society.


Associate Professor, Fine Arts

Professor Norris teaches courses on the history of European and American art from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Brown University, and a BA in art from Colgate University. Her doctoral work focused on the impact of Wagnerism on later 19th-century French art and aesthetics. Supported by a research grant, Norris presented a paper on Henri Fantin-Latour’s musicallty at an annual conference of the College Art Association, and her essay on the subject was included in an anthology, The Arts Entwined, published by Gartand Press. Dr. Norris’ research interests have expanded into several new areas: gender studies: urban architecture, power and subjugation; and “Others” in European and European-American art.


Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

Dr. Tashima Thomas is an assistant professor in art history at Kutztown University beginning in the fall of 2016. She is a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow and the recipient of the Goldman Sachs Multicultural Afrolatino Junior Fellowship at the Smithsonian. Professor Thomas obtained her Master’s Degree in Art History from San Diego State University with a focus on colonial Latin American Art and Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Houston.  Recent publication includes “Race and Remix: The Aesthetics of Race in the Visual and Performing Arts,” in The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies. Her interests include focusing on the intersectionality of food pathways, commodities, identities, race, class, gender, and the consumption of culture.

Internships in Art History

Undergraduate students of art history have successfully completed internships in every kind of venue, from local arts organizations to highly renowned institutions. Professors from the Department of Art and Art History assist students in applying for internships, including help with the drafting of cover letters and résumés, and then administer the internship in collaboration with the host venue. While many students complete these internships for academic credit, others elect to pursue additional opportunities on a volunteer or paid basis to further their career goals. Each year, several of our graduates go on to pursue an advanced degree in art history, arts administration, cultural history, and conservation.
Internship placements and opportunities for students in Art History include:

Kutztown, Reading, and Berks County

Berks Arts Council

Eckhaus, Kutztown, PA

GoggleWorks, Reading, PA

Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery, Kutztown, PA

New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown, PA

Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA

Lehigh Valley

Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, PA

Allentown Art Works, Allentown, PA

Alternative Gallery, Allentown, PA

America on Wheels Museum, Allentown, PA

ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, PA

Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA

Expressions Studio, Allentown, PA

Larry Fink Photography, Martins Creek, PA

Our Garage Space, Easton, PA

Studio 606, Allentown, PA

TMD Gallery Fine Art, Allentown, PA


Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Lyn Godley Design Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA


Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

Other Pennsylvania Locations

Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA

Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA

Atlantic Appraisal Services, Millersville, PA

Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn, PA

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, Doylestown, PA

Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University, University Park, PA

Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville, PA

Studio B, Boyertown, PA

York Arts, York, PA

Further Afield: New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Beyond

Coe Displays Inc., Long Island City, NY

Hunterdon County Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Flemington, NJ

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD