The Major and the Minor in the Art History programs provide an excellent foundation in the history of international modern and contemporary art, curatorial and museum studies, and their critical and theoretical discourses. Our professors emphasize an interdisciplinary approach with perspectives drawn from aesthetics and philosophy, as well as theories of feminism and gender, post-colonialism, identity, globalization, and new technologies. 

Students are actively involved in Ottawa's art community through curatorial projects on campus and in the city, site visits to national and municipal art galleries, internships, and class visits from curators, artists, and visiting professors. 

Graduates pursue careers as curators and directors at museums and galleries; at arts organizations and foundations; at archives and libraries; as editors or writers for art magazines and other publications; or pursue graduate work in the art history or curatorial studies, among others.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.

This program cannot be combined with the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Compulsory courses at the 1000 level 1
ART 1102Methodologies in the History and Theory of Art3 Units
ART 1360Histories of Art I3 Units
ART 1361Histories of Art II3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 2000 level
ART 217019th Century Art: 1789-19003 Units
ART 2171Modern Art: 1900-19453 Units
Compulsory courses at the 3000 level
ART 3180Art After Modernism: 1945-19783 Units
ART 3181Postmodernism and Art: 1978-20003 Units
Optional courses
9 optional course units in Art History (ART) from: 29 Units
Art and New Technologies
Art and Gender
Art, Globalization and Cultural Hybridities
Art After Modernism: 1945-1978
Postmodernism and Art: 1978-2000
Canadian Art and Cultural Identities
Museum Studies and Artistic Practices
Inuit and Amerindian Art
Histories and Theories of Photography
Artists and Critical Discourse
Special Topics in History and Theory of Art
Special Topics in Contemporary Art
Curating for Contemporary Art
Apprenticeship
Special Topics in History and Theory of art
Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art
Directed Research I
Directed Research II
Total: 30 Units