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Art informs and deceives. It forces us to ask questions about art and about ourselves. What is art, and why is it important to human beings? Who creates art? What are the reasons and cognitive and technical processes for its existence? Do outsiders view a given work of art in the same manner as the work’s intended audience? Why do some observers perceive Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel as a remarkable work worthy of a place in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, while others see it as an overpriced stool with a bicycle wheel mounted on top?

With its wealth of archaeological sites, churches, museums, and contemporary art galleries, Rome offers an environment of unparalleled richness for the study of art and the human experience across time. John Cabot University's Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History emphasizes art-historical theories and analytic methods with a strong focus on the visual arts of Europe, the Mediterranean, and North America. Given the University’s location at the geographical and temporal crossroads of Europe and the Mediterranean, the program places a strong emphasis upon the visual cultures of Rome and of Italy. After an initial series of four foundation courses, majors develop their command of art history and its approaches through upper-level courses in a variety of pertinent subject areas. The major culminates in the fourth year when each student selects a topic and works individually with a specialized faculty member to research and write a senior thesis. Students can win internships at institutions that include the Museo Nazionale Romano, the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, and the Biblioteca Angelica, Europe’s first public library and a major repository of illuminated manuscripts.

The faculty consists of internationally recognized scholars strongly committed both to teaching and to research. The faculty members are active in their fields and often involve students in their research endeavors. Earning a bachelor’s degree in art history can constitute the first step toward a fascinating career in the field—for example, as a college professor, a museum or gallery curator, a museum educator, or a cultural officer in the diplomatic corps. The skills gained through art historical training, especially analytic and critical thinking and effective writing, offer outstanding preparation for careers in law, journalism, marketing, media, secondary education, and many other creative vocations.

Requirements for the Degree

A. The Proficiency Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Foreign Language.

B. The General Distribution Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts (many of the Humanities and Fine Arts requirements will be satisfied by the core curriculum courses below).

C. Core Curriculum The core courses are aimed to provide the student with a solid foundation for the study of art history and prepare the student for their Senior Thesis.

The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University, with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses.

D. Major Electives Six major electives of which at least three 300 level AH classes. Students may take up to three 200 or 300 level courses in other relevant disciplines with the approval of the advisor and the Dean.

E. General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.


The University is open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or disability in any of its policies, programs, and services.


  • Application (including App. Fee, personal statement, privacy statement)
  • Official Transcripts/Diploma
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Standardized Test Results (not required for students who did not attend an American high school)
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency if not native English speaker

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate sufficient preparation in the English language.

Standardized test scores, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Cambridge and Trinity Exams are useful in assessing a student’s language capability.

English Language Tests:

  • TOEFL (Paper): 563 or higher
  • TOEFL (Computer-based): 223 or higher
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 85 or higher
  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher
  • Cambridge: CPE Proficiency
  • Trinity: Grade 11& 12
  • Council of Europe: Masterly C2
  • ALTE: Level 5 Proficiency


Options & Prices for U.S. citizens and permanent residents & Canadian citizens

  • Tuition & Fees Only: 10,750 USD (per term)
  • Tuition & Fees plus JCU Housing & Meal Plan: 17,045 USD (per term)

*Fees include computer lab fee, social and cultural activities, and access to sports facilities. For first-semester students, fees include airport pickup at arrival and Orientation Week activities.

Options & Prices for citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada

  • Tuition & Fees Only: 7,900 EUR (per term)
  • Tuition & Fees plus JCU Housing & Meal Plan: 12,350 EUR (per term)

*Fees include airport pickup at arrival, Orientation Week activities, computer lab fee, social and cultural activities, and access to sports facilities.

Financing Your University Degree in Rome, Italy

Studying in Rome is easier than you think.

At John Cabot University we are committed to making our American-style liberal arts education as accessible as possible. Our generous scholarship program provides numerous awards based on merit, financial need and your geographic origin. There are special scholarships for Italians with the maturità. We also participate in the U.S. Title IV Program for Stafford Loans and PLUS. We also offer work-study opportunities for degree-seeking students and visiting students.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 20, 2020
4 years
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