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Department of Art & Music Histories

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.   

Garland Jeffreys Visits Syracuse
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and SU art history alumnus Garland Jeffreys visited Theo Cateforis’s Rock Music history survey class in April 2013.
Students Experience Latin American Art
Professors Luis Castaneda and Sydney Hutchinson brought students to New York City to experience Latin American culture first hand through art and dance.
Cuban Dance Expert to Hold Workshops
Dr. Barbara Balbuena Gutierrez of the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana was on campus in early February 2014.