The department offers majors or correlates in art history and studio art.  View Courses.

Campus Resources

All Vassar art history courses draw heavily upon selected analytical and historical readings to provide insight, background, and illumination to studied artworks. In order to provide students access to these materials within a reasonable budget, all required readings are available in the Art Library at the Reserve Desk. To ensure all students have access to required works, readings on reserve may be checked out for only three hours at a time.

Honors and Grants

Contact the department for more information about the following opportunities:

  • Frances Daly Fergusson Prize
  • Gertrude Buttenwieser Prins Prize
  • Lewis Rubenstein Award
  • Weitzel-Barber Art Travel Prize
  • Research Fund for Senior Essays

The Office of Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising has additional fellowships, including the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts. View fellowships.

Majors Committee

The majors committee consists of elected majors and the department academic intern.

Additional student organizations include the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Student Council.


  • Arts Education Program at Dia:Beacon
  • Study Abroad
  • A variety of student jobs on campus engage with the arts, from research assistants to art history and studio art professors, to docents in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

Art students have won numerous fellowships for further study and independent projects including the Fulbright, Beinecke, and Belle Skinner Fellowships. Art majors regularly engage in the discipline beyond Vassar via internships in museums, galleries, auction houses, and artists’ studios.