Art History


Students work closely with faculty as they learn about the relationship of art to fields such as anthropology, sociology, music, dance, literature, science and engineering.


Meadows art history professors closely mentor their students, offering help and guidance with classes, internships, jobs and grad programs.


The art history department offers curriculum in Hispanic art from both sides of the Atlantic. Pictured: The Meadows Museum, holding one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art in the world.


Faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally as expert researchers, speakers and authors. Connections in the U.S., Mexico, South America and Europe help foster networking and internships for students.


Interns gain industry connections and practical experience working with world-class museums, collections and arts leadership


For more information about internship opportunities, contact:

Dr. Pamela A Patton
Associate Professor
Telephone: 214.768.2615
Office: 3626 Owen Art Center

Art History students at SMU have the extraordinary benefit of access to world-class museums and collections located in Dallas/Fort Worth, both as visitors and, for the most highly qualified, as interns. Our students have held internships or gone on to work at such institutions as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Amon Carter Museum, the Fort Worth Modern, the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and major auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's.

SMU art history majors can also participate in the William B. Jordan internship program at SMU's own Meadows Museum, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

Internship opportunities on campus also include the Bywaters Special Collections at the Jake and Nancy Hamon Library; the DeGolyer Special Collections at the DeGolyer Library; and the Lady Tennyson d’Eyncourt Visual Resources Library, also located in the Hamon Arts Library.

SMU art history majors may also take advantage of or the new Dallas Design District Internship Program (DDIP), which matches qualified art history students with local art galleries.

Areas of Study



Art History

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies



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Community Engagement


Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts