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Study Art History in Rome

B.A. in Art History

John Cabot University's Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History emphasizes art-historical theories and analytic methods with a strong focus on the visual arts of Europe, the Mediterranean and North America.  Given the University’s location at the geographical and temporal crossroads of Europe and the Mediterranean, the program places a strong emphasis upon the visual cultures of Rome and of Italy. 

With its wealth of archaeological sites, churches, museums, and contemporary art galleries, Rome offers an environment of unparalleled richness for the study of art and the human experience across time.

Given the University’s location at the geographical and temporal crossroads of Europe and the Mediterranean, the program places a strong emphasis upon the visual cultures of Rome and of Italy.   After an initial series of four foundation courses, majors develop their command of art history and its approaches through upper-level courses in a variety of pertinent subject areas. The major culminates in the fourth year, when each student selects a topic and works individually with a specialized faculty member to research and write a senior thesis. Students can win internships at institutions that include the Museo Nazionale Romano, the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, and the Biblioteca Angelica, Europe’s first public library and a major repository of illuminated manuscripts.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in Art History can constitute the first step toward a fascinating career in the field—for example, 

  • museum or gallery curator
  • university or high school teaching
  • museum educator
  • cultural officer in the diplomatic corps

The skills gained through art historical training, especially analytic and critical thinking and effective writing, offer outstanding preparation for careers in:

  • law
  • journalism and media
  • marketing and many other creative vocations

JCU’s Career Services Office connects students with hundreds of competitive internships per semester. By taking advantage of these services, you could graduate from college having completed an internship working in your desired field, from assisting world-renowned contemporary artists at the British School at Rome to working in the Biblioteca Angelica, established in 1604 and considered to be Europe's first public library.

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