History of Art and Architecture is a department that works across national boundaries and utilizes different locations and mediums, including painting, print, photography, popular art, sculpture, ceramics, architecture, cities, and digital media -- to define a global interdisciplinary field.
Our internationally-distinguished faculty members teach courses in European, American, Asian, and African art as well as the history of architecture, urbanism, visual culture, globalization, empire, and theory. Undergraduate students may choose from 14 introductory survey courses, then go on to select from one hundred upper-division lecture courses on more specialized topics. We also offer research-oriented undergraduate seminars that encourage writing and project-based learning.
Undergraduates may pursue an interdisciplinary emphasis in Architecture & Environment or Museum Studies. Students are encouraged to seek internships in the Santa Barbara area and to participate in the Education Abroad Program.