Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of the History of Art and Architecture

How do images, objects, museums and monuments shape our history and contemporary experience?

Our department offers undergraduate and graduate programs which explore visual and material culture and the built environment, both in the past and in the present. We take an interdisciplinary approach to our curriculum, with courses crossing many other departments and programs at Tufts. Students will find themselves immersed in questions of politics, identity, economics, religion, mobility, and much more as they dive into how to look at, experience, write about, and interpret art and architecture.

Come join our vibrant and collaborative community of scholars.

About the Department

Students, visitors and staff attend the opening reception at the Tufts University Art Gallery.
Students in department lounge

Undergraduate Programs

The History of Art and Architecture department provides undergraduate students with a critical and globally informed understanding of the history of art and visual culture, as well as robust study of the history and contemporary principles of architecture and the built environment.

Undergraduate Programs Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Programs

Our highly ranked terminal MA program offers two tracks: one in Art History and the other in Art History and Museum Studies. Both tracks are designed to provide the necessary qualification to pursue a career in the arts which include museums, arts education, historic preservation, consulting, auction houses, galleries, art magazines and more. Students enjoy small classes and opportunities to work closely with faculty.

Graduate Programs Graduate Admissions

African American man studying artwork at Art Gallery
Library of Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1838-1850, photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen


While members of the faculty all have their own individual specializations in terms of period, region, and genre we also share a number of research interests and fields. Explore a list of overlapping fields in which faculty currently collaborate.

Department Research

Why Tufts?

The metropolitan Boston area, and Tufts in particular, is an ideal location to explore art and architecture.

Instructors take advantage of Tufts' affiliation with Boston's renowned Museum of Fine Arts, as well as other area museums and the city's rich architecture to bring learning outside of classrooms. Students have access to artistic resources such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the art museums at Harvard, MIT, Wellesley, and Brandeis. Internship opportunities at these and other sites are available.

Undergraduates can also take studio art courses taught at the renowned School of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is part of Tufts' School of Arts and Sciences.

Ballou Hall in the fall