Department of History of Art & Architecture

What could be more fascinating than learning about masterpieces of art and architecture from around the globe!  Or to design your own building, plan a museum exhibition, or present a new interpretation of a famous painting!  Students who major or minor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture have the opportunity of following one of three tracks: Art History, Museum Studies, or Architectural Studies.  Each track offers a unique way of exploring the world of art and architecture. 

Sarah Laursen

Asst Professor of History of Art & Arch; Curator, Asian Art

 Spring Term 2015- Tuesday's 1:00-2:30 pm, Thursday's 2:30-4:00pm and by appointment
 Mahaney Center for the Arts 119

History of Art & Architecture Learning Goals

Learning Goals in History of Art

Through courses across a wide continuum of times and cultures, students of art history not only learn to articulate histories of visual production, but also to think critically about the stakes of artistic creation and objects of culture more generally.

Students in the major will, by inquiring into the modes and meanings of visual arts and culture:

Richard Saunders

Director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art; Walter Cerf Distinguished College Professor

 Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm or by appt.
 Mahaney Center for the Arts


The Art History Slide Collection consists of 175,000 35mm slides and covers the history of art and architecture from prehistoric to present times. The collection has been built primarily to support the Art History curriculum.

Faculty and students may borrow slides for classroom presentations. If you are a newcomer and wish to use the Slide Collection, please make an appointment with the Visual Resources Curator for a brief orientation.

The Visual Resources Collection provides high quality slides and digital images for teaching and scholarship in the arts and associated fields. We also provide training and support for faculty and students in all aspects of using digital images for classroom presentations.

History of Art & Architecture

The visual arts constitute a compelling vehicle for a liberal arts education in a global context. Our department offers emphases in art history, museum studies, architectural history, architectural studies, and architecture and the environment.