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, nevermind the artist? Does art prompt, or react? Asking questions is an integral part of education here on the Mountain. Curiosity in itself is an art form. So what will you study here at Sewanee?

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. And later, you’ll be invited to choose an area of special interest: ancient/medieval, renaissance/baroque, or modern/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 job.

  • Appraisals Coordinator, Doyle, New York City, NY.
  • Marketing Coordinator, Washington Fine Properties, Washington, D.C.
  • Museum Services, Pook & Pook Auctions and Appraisals, Dowington, PA.
  • Dance Teacher, Candler School of Dance, Atlanta, GA.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional 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.

  • Master's in Medieval Art, Courtauld Institute, England.
  • Master's in Cinema Studies, Savannah College of Art and Design.
  • Master's in Fine & Decorative Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art.
  • Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, University of Texas Austin.

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 Art | Website

Requirements for the Minor in Film Studies | Website


Meet Some Professors


Jeffrey Thompson
Associate Professor of Art History

Carnegie Hall 307, Ext. 1493