The Department of Art & Music Histories (formerly the Department of Fine Arts) is one of the oldest in the country dedicated to the study of the arts in an interdisciplinary context. The department was established in 1947 by William Fleming, whose landmark book,Arts and Ideas(Wadsworth Publishing, 1955), has served as the model for SU's approach to the arts in relation to their cultural, social, economic, and political contexts.
Art & Music Histories offers B.A. degrees in art history, music history & cultures, fine arts, and history of architecture, as well as special B.A. options in art and in music. The department also offers two M.A. degrees in art history (Main Campus Individualized and Florence Italian Renaissance). The Janklow Arts Leadership Program offers an M.A. degree and a certificate in arts leadership administration. Students on the main campus also have the option of earning a concurrent M.A. degree in Museum Studies.