Art History

A selective program that prepares graduates for a career in academic research, curatorial positions and other visual arts careers, Rice University's Art History department allows students to enjoy the benefits of an intimate atmosphere with the power of an internationally renowned research university. Additionally, our students find opportunities for study and research in Houston's dynamic Museum District, adjacent to the Rice campus, with nearly two dozen institutions that act as partners to the university.

Working from a range of theoretical positions, our faculty includes specialists in the art of the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia, whose research and teaching covers periods from antiquity to the present. The Department of Art History's graduate program encourages interdisciplinary coursework and research in part through collaborative links between the department and its seventeen affiliated faculty who serve as curators in Houston or who teach visual and material culture in other departments at Rice.

Generous funding for students is available. The Department of Art History offers stipends and tuition remission as well as funding for travel to libraries, archives, museums, and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Fellowships are available to enable students to work closely with curators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Menil Collection. Graduate students at Rice also have the opportunity to gain experience as teaching assistants.

For more information, please visit the Department of Art History website. Download the graduate studies brochure and graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:


All prospective applicants should note that the Department of Art History is offering a Ph.D. Program only and does not consider applicants pursuing a terminal Master's degree. While an M.A. degree is not available through the department, students typically earn one as they progress through the Ph.D. program.

Areas of Research:

  • Arts of the Americas
  • European Art
  • African Art
  • Asian Art

The Department of Art History Contact Info:

Professor Graham Bader, Chair
Location: 103 Herring Hall