Study Abroad

We encourage Art History majors and minors to study abroad in the belief that it provides students with a unique opportunity to experience other cultures and traditions first-hand. We recommend that students select a location with museums, historic architecture, and programming that will enhance the understanding of works of art in their original context.

We prefer that majors take a maximum of two courses and minors a maximum of one course abroad. Students may be allowed to take additional courses with the preapproval of the department. Most often, courses taken abroad are used as major electives. We suggest that students study abroad prior to their Senior year, since the Senior Art History Seminar is crucial to the completion of the major. There are no restrictions on the term that a student may study abroad.

Art History faculty work closely with students to help them select a study abroad program that closely aligns with their chosen area of concentration--whether it’s in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, or elsewhere. Students are also encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs for guidance in choosing the most appropriate study abroad program.

Art History courses taken abroad are not accepted for the Arts Core except in the case of a few pre-approved courses taught on BC Study Abroad Programs, which can be found in the Pre-Approved Courses list.

Please contact the Art History Director of Undergraduate Studies for study abroad course approval.

Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo.
Photograph by Professor Stephanie Leone, 2018.