BA: Art History and Museum Studies


In the Honors Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies and the Major in Art History, students study art and visual culture in its social and political context. Our program focuses on global networks of cultural exchange and is committed to interdisciplinary approaches informed by critical theory. This field of study develops cross-cultural understanding and a global perspective on the art and visual culture of the past and present. The lectures and seminars taught by our outstanding faculty are complemented by field trips to museums, heritage sites, and other cultural institutions and by a lively series of art exhibitions and guest speakers on campus and in the London region.
These modules prepare students for advanced study in art history and museum studies, as well as for careers in art galleries, museums, arts administration, and the cultural heritage sector. Students develop a variety of important skills for today’s job market, including those related to written and oral communication, research, problem solving, collaboration, and organization.
Graduates of Western’s Art History and Museum Studies program have gone on to successful careers as curators, professors, arts administrators, art appraisers, collections managers, teachers, lawyers, community outreach coordinators, designers and more.

At Western University, the Department of Visual Arts offers two modules:

  • Honors Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies
  • Major in Art History

Module Requirements:

First-year students who wish to register in an Art History and Museum Studies module must enrol in two of the following Art History half-courses: 

  • VAH 1041A/B Art and Power
  • VAH 1042A/B Art, Science and Technology
  • VAH 1043A/B Art, Architecture, Fashion and Design
  • VAH 1044A/B Art, Media and Popular Culture
  • VAH 1045A/B Collecting Art and Culture.

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