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Art History Study Abroad

Study abroad programs complement art history studies

We encourage you to consider study abroad programs, especially those that help students master foreign languages. With faculty approval, you can receive credit toward the art history major and minor for art history courses taken on non-Fordham study abroad programs.

We are particularly excited about courses offered by Fordham faculty within our programs in London, Rome, and elsewhere.

Art and Architecture of Rome (ARHI 3316) (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.)


Art and Architecture in London (ARHI 3480)
London is one of the most exciting cultural capitals of the world. Its museums, churches, and monuments will supply the rich resources for our art historical studies. While the emphasis will be upon the modern era from the late 18th century onward, earlier museum treasures and major architectural monuments will provide deep historical background for our study of the modern period. Class lectures will be supplemented by visits to The British Museum, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, along with galleries and auction houses.

This course satisfies the fine arts requirement of the core curriculum, or the modern or elective credit for the art history major.

Modern Art in Havana, Cuba (ARHI 2258) (1 credit)
Havana, the capital of Cuba, has long been a global crossroads. A port city with a vibrant multiethnic 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 offers a weeklong spring break course that focuses on Havana’s art and architecture. We meet working artists; in museum and gallery visits, we see outstanding and little-known works of Cuban art. The city is our classroom as we engage with the dynamics of Havana’s urban development and architectural history, and explore the city’s cultural riches, hear its music, and meet its people.

See the international study abroad program for more details.