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Art History Internships

Art History majors have held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the International Center of Photography, El Museo del Barrio, the Drawing Center, the New York Historical Society, Christie's and Sotheby's, art magazines, art appraisers, and many private galleries. With the approval and supervision of the department, majors may receive elective credit for one internship (ARHI 4951-ARHI 4954) graded on a pass/fail basis. Internships offer valuable experience and can lead to after-graduate employment, but do not count towards requirements for the major or minor.

Music Internships

Music majors can receive credit for a music internship with a recording company or concert agency in New York City during their junior or senior years. With the approval and supervision of the department, majors may receive elective credit for one internship (MUSC 4951- MUSC 4954) graded on a pass/fail basis.

Study Abroad

Study abroad enriches both the academic and cultural experience of majors, and the department encourages foreign study, especially when it allows a student to fully master a foreign language. With departmental approval, majors can elect to study abroad for one or two semesters their junior year. For more information on Fordham’s study abroad programs, please see the website for the International and Study Abroad Program.

The Art History faculty also periodically participate in Fordham’s summer study abroad program in Rome and Orvieto, Italy.

Courses offered in the past include (ARHI 3316):

THE CITY OF ROME (4 credits). This course surveys the art, architecture, and urban planning of the city of Rome from its founding through the Middle Ages. We follow Rome through its various manifestations, from primitive village to capital of empire, and finally, center of Christian pilgrimage. Particular attention is given to art and monuments in their broader urban, social, and historical contexts. (This course satisfies the Fine Arts requirement of the Core Curriculum or the Ancient/Medieval requirement for the Art History major and minor.)

THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ROME (4 credits). This course examines the art, architecture, and culture of Rome over the various epochs of the city’s history: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, through to the Contemporary period. Rome once ruled the entire Mediterranean world, and its cultural legacy looms large in Western civilization. Indoor class time for this course is minimal; Rome is our classroom and participants’ primary mode of exploration is on site visits to monuments, museums, churches, and galleries. Out of town excursions will be taken as well. (This course satisfies the Fine Arts requirement of the Core Curriculum or, depending on the focus of a student’s independent project, the Ancient/Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, or Modern requirement for the Art History major or minor.)

                                 Students in Rome, summer 2013

                                Students in Rome, summer 2012


Students on an exursion to Ostia Antica with Professor Susanna McFadden, summer 2010

ARHI 2258 - MODERN ART IN HAVANA, CUBA (1 credit).  Havana, the capital of Cuba, has long been a global crossrosds. A port city with a vibrant multi-ethnic population, it has been a home to leading artists, writers, and musicians.  However, due to U.S. Treasury restrictions few U.S. citizens have ever seen this jewel of the Caribbean.  Fordham will offer a weeklong spring break course that will focus on Havana's art and architecture.  We will meet working artists in Cuba today; in museum and gallery visits, we will see outstanding and little-known works of Cuban art.  The city will be our classroom as we engage with the dynamics of the city's urban development and architectural history as well as explore Havana's cultural riches, hear its music and meet its people.

Please see the International and Study Abroad Program website for more details.


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