The Art History Department is committed to providing students with a broad and varied understanding of world art traditions, and to fostering an approach to interpreting art based on sound critical thinking, analytical skills, and an awareness of historical context.
The Art History Department is dedicated to undergraduate teaching. The distinguished faculty is made up of outstanding teachers who are readily accessible to students and who are also respected scholars. Small class sizes, usually comprising fifteen to thirty-five students, allow for individual attention and close interaction with faculty and other students. The breadth of courses offered, ranging from prehistory to the present and covering many areas of the world, is rarely found at other SUNY institutions. All courses count toward the Liberal Arts requirement.
Since 1964, the State University of New York at New Paltz has offered a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a wide variety of courses in the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, design, and photography. A minor concentration in Art History is available, as is an Art History major concentration within the Elementary Education Pre-K-6 curriculum. Graduate-level courses are offered to fulfill the requirements of graduate programs in other departments and schools at SUNY New Paltz.