Art traces the contours of history. By studying it, we begin to recognize social and political shifts woven in fabric, molded in clay, and brushed on canvas.

Why study Art History at Sewanee?

Viewing artwork in its cultural context opens our eyes to art’s indelible mark on human existence. What movement inspired this style? What does this piece say about the audience?  Does art prompt cultural changes or react to them? Asking such questions is an integral part of education here on the Mountain.

You will be strongly encouraged to complete a range of courses in complementary disciplines, including studio art, literature, history, philosophy, and religion. You’ll study prominent styles and periods of art from both social and aesthetic perspectives from an array of historical periods: the ancient world to medieval Europe, ancient and contemporary Asia, early modern Europe, and modern and contemporary American.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.

  • Appraisals coordinator, Doyle, New York, New York.
  • Marketing coordinator, Washington Fine Properties, Washington, D.C.
  • Museum services, Pook & Pook Auctions and Appraisals, Dowington, Pennsylvania.
  • Dance teacher, Candler School of Dance, Atlanta, Georgia.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs—about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.A. in medieval art, Courtauld Institute, England.
  • M.A. in cinema studies, Savannah College of Art and Design.
  • M.A. in fine & decorative art, Sotheby's Institute of Art.
  • Ph.D. in classical archaeology, University of Texas Austin.

Sewanee invites students with exceptional promise to apply for a Fellowship in the Arts. Fellowships range in value and are renewable for four years.

A Sampling of Courses

Art History

Programs of Study & Related Programs

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Art History

Requirements for the Major & Minor in ArtWebsite

Requirements for the Minor in Film Studies | Website


Meet Some Professors


Jeffrey Thompson
Associate Professor of Art History

Carnegie Hall 307, Ext. 1493