Art History Extended Learning Opportunities

Global and Local Opportunities

Most courses encourage students to look at art in Buffalo museums and galleries, which heightens their awareness of art in all aspects of their lives. Buffalo was recently ranked as a top arts destination by American Style magazine, just behind New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. There are many opportunities to gain practical experience through an internship with one of our local museums, including the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Castellani Art Museum and the Buffalo History Museum. Some students have also worked at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House Complex and the historic Buffalo Central Terminal, which is undergoing a complete restoration after years of neglect.

Many art history majors study abroad. Our program in London begins with a week-long seminar which includes guided tours of major museums.  Study abroad experiences are also available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Belgium. Learn more here

Art History Lectures

Every semester, the art history program brings in distinguished scholars to present their own work to Canisius through our ArtsCanisius lecture and concert series.  Experts from the University of Toronto, University of Buffalo and Buffalo State College have come to speak to our students.  We are also fortunate to draw upon the expertise of our own faculty members as part of the fine arts Meet-the-Faculty program. 

The art history program, as part of the Department of Fine Arts, also sponsors many art lectures and studio art displays on campus.  Your fellow Canisius students and faculty artwork is continually on view in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Art Gallery located in Lyons Hall. 

Post-graduate work

While many of our graduates find employment soon after their studies here, others go on to post-graduate work in museum studies and art history.  Masters programs at SUNY Buffalo and Buffalo State College are highly regarded.  And if you want to be a curator, it is often necessary to pursue a PhD program.