The Department of Art offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in the History of Art and Visual Culture, the only programs of this kind in the state of Idaho.
Students can choose from more than nineteen upper division courses ranging from ancient to modern art in both the western and non-western traditions. The BA program, taking advantage of its location within a large studio art department, requires students to take two foundational studio art classes as well as attain practical experience via either gallery practices or as a teaching assistant. The BA also allocates numerous open elective credits to allow for the exploration of related interests in such areas as literature, foreign languages, history, anthropology, philosophy or study abroad.
The art history faculty has a wide range of interests and specialties with personal expertise in such fields as museum and gallery work, art and science, theory and gender studies, classical archaeology, and photojournalism. All are actively involved in research.