We look to our past to make sense of our present. Art history gives you the opportunity to walk through the history of various parts of the world, viewing it through an artistic lens. By studying how art came to be what it is today, you will have a better understanding of what your art could be or even do in the future.

Art History at IWU’s Division of Art + Design is a comprehensive study of the aesthetic and philosophical theory regarding the creators and movements that started it all, from the roots of humanity to present day. You will participate in conversations about the meaning and purpose of art, while developing a thorough understanding of how art is utilized by cultures to express themselves. You will also have opportunities to join class trips to museums to experience first-hand the art you study in class.


DES 101 – Design Fundamentals
DES 201 – User Experience Design
DES 202 – Typography
DES 251 – Making Meaning
DES 301 – Form & Function Studio
DES 302 – Identity Design Studio
DES 351 – Advanced Design & Layout
DES 451 – Design For Entrepreneurship


Adding a minor in Art History adds to the professional experience of any art major as it allows them to have a broader understanding of where styles and ideas came from giving them an edge in knowledge and understanding. Art History minors may also have the opportunity to assist in faculty research and gain an understanding of professional scholarship through personal experience.

Lastly, to be fully prepared we recommend and help place our students into both service oriented and professional internships. These typically take place during the Junior and Senior year! Take a look here to learn more!


We want to learn more about you and your desire to become an amazing art historian. Our faculty are here to meet with you and help direct your learning and studio practice to become aligned with your deepest passions and calling. To learn more, reach out to any of our amazing faculty!


Associate Professor of Art History


The preservation and understanding of Art History fosters good conservation and develops a living timeline of inspiration for the future. Art History Minors take art history classes spanning from the early neolithic to the present preparing them to begin on the path to careers such as:

– Art Curator
– Art Historian

– Art Conservator
– Gallery Manager

Museum curator
– Art Teacher

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