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New Art History Major

April 3, 2015

Student applications are now being accepted for the new Art History major launching in fall 2015. This exciting undergraduate program will provide an interdisciplinary liberal arts education with a sound foundation in the history of visual arts, incorporating Drexel’s nationally known co-op experience through which students will work for six months in the field at museums, galleries, auctions houses and art publishers. The Art History program can be chosen as a freestanding major or as a dual degree, giving students the option to also pursue another degree in one of Drexel’s 80 majors without having to extend their time at the University. The Art History major is uniquely flexible in that, under close advisement and mentorship from a diverse range of expert faculty, students can tailor the curriculum to their specific areas of interest and personal career aspirations, choosing from courses in design, business, the humanities and science.

This four-year degree can also be combined with Westphal’s graduate programs in Arts Administration or Museum Leadership. The Art History major boasts dedicated faculty with expertise in Asian art (Pia Brancaccio), architectural history (Mark Brack), modern art and art theory (Joseph Gregory), American art and African-American art (Linda Kim), modern European art (Martha Lucy), Renaissance art (Charles Morscheck), medieval art and the history of design (David Raizman), museum studies (Danielle Rice), and the history of fashion (Clare Sauro).

Students in the major will have access to world-class museums located in Philadelphia and throughout the New York-to-Washington corridor, as well as an opportunity for close study of art objects held in our own Drexel collections rich with European 19th century paintings and Philadelphia portraits, as well as the Fox Historic Costume Collection, the Polish Poster Collection and the contemporary art exhibits of the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.

Please contact Dr. Pia Brancaccio ( and Dr. Charles Morscheck (, inaugural Art History program directors, for more information about the new major.