The Art History program takes full advantage of Occidental’s location in Los Angeles. Drawing on the diversity and richness of the city’s art museums, galleries, and research archives, our faculty offer courses in the history and criticism of Asian, European, and American visual cultures.
Students have the opportunity in all of their courses to research works of art, photography and architecture in person: students of Asian Art regularly study Chinese and Japanese painting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum. Students of Greek and Roman antiquity can work first-hand with the Getty Museum’s exquisite collections at the newly-renovated Getty Villa in Malibu; and students interested in modern and contemporary art can easily attend openings, symposia, and lectures by internationally known artists, critics and curators at institutions like the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown LA (only 25 minutes from campus on public transportation), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Art History majors regularly study abroad, and over the past few years, our majors have enriched their art historical experience by studying in cities such as Paris, Siena, Rome, Athens, and Madrid.
Because we encourage and value independent student research, our majors have had great success presenting their work at both regional and national conferences for undergraduate research. The caliber of this work has also helped recent students gain admission to some of the top graduate programs in the country. And over the last few years, we’ve had students interning at a wide range of local arts and cultural institutions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Huntington Library, and the Getty Museum.
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