Art History

The Honors Tutorial program in Art History balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to explore fundamental and cutting-edge issues creatively. 
It is a four-year program during which time students are expected to take a tutorial course each term, along with language, collateral studies and upper-division art history courses. This enables students to acquire the full range of skills necessary to successfully continue in graduate study. Students will have excellent opportunities for intensive study with the art historians in the School of Art + Design.

Program Overview

The first two years of tutorials have fixed content. The tutorials in the first year cover general knowledge of art history but through a more intense and in-depth experience than would otherwise be available to students. Second year tutorials focus on each of the fields of Art History covered by art history professors. This will expose students to a wide variety of art historical research on topics throughout history and across the globe.
In the third year, one tutorial concentrating on methodologies is required. Students then decide on a topic for the thesis and begin research through a review of the literature on the topic. This is followed by a proposal for the thesis in an area of specialization that will become the focus of the students' tutorial courses in the remainder of the the third year and throughout the fourth.
Tutorials and courses in the fourth year will enable students to pursue their area of specialization in depth. Students will focus their tutorials to develop and write a thesis based on original research.


Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. 


  • Tutorials: A total of eight tutorials are required: six tutorials related to foundational art history topics and two tutorials for thesis work.
  • Upper-Division Art History Courses: A total of four courses are required, including one class in pre-modern, one class in modern/contemporary, one world art history class, and one theory class. These courses are to be selected from the distribution area list compiled by the Art History department. The remaining three courses are 3000/4000 level AH electives to be chosen in consultation with the student's thesis advisor. Taken during the fourth year, these courses are meant to inform the thesis project.
  • Language Courses: Four years of foreign language courses are required.
  • Collateral (Supplemental) Courses as approved by the Director of Studies.
  • One freshman HTC seminar (HTC 2500), one freshman composition course, and one 3000-level writing course are also required.
  • A thesis that makes an original contribution to the field.

Director of Studies

Jennie Klein headshot

Dr. Jennie Klein
Associate Professor
Seigfred Hall 436


B.A.: Rutgers University
M.A.: Northwestern University
Ph.D.: University of Southern California

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Jennie Klein is an art historian who writes on contemporary art, performance art and the intersection of gender and visual culture. Dr. Klein teaches courses on contemporary art and theory, performance art and theory, and the intersection of gender and art. 

Dr. Klein is presently completing two book projects. The first Responding to Site and co-edited with Dr. Natalie Loveless and under contract with Intellect Press, is an edited collection on the work of the artist Marilyn Arsem. It will be available in Spring 2020. The second, Assuming the Ecosexual Position, under contract with the University of Minnesota Press, is a compilation of the work and writing of Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens. Dr. Klein has published in PAJ, Frontiers, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Feminist Studies, N. Paradoxa, ArtPulse, Art Papers, New Art Examiner, Genders, and Afterimage. Dr. Klein also has a blog: “Writing On Performance.”

Selected Publications

Editor, along with Myrel Chernick. The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art. Demeter Press, 2011.

Editor, along with Deirdre Heddon. Histories and Practices of Live Art. Under contract with Palgrave.2012.

Editor. Letters From Linda M. Montano. London: Routledge, 2005

“Performing the Canon: Performance Art and the Changing Canon of Art History,” Raising the Contemporary Canon, Ruth Iskin, ed. (Routledge) 2017  

“Sustainable Practices on the U.S./Mexico border: InSITE, Intervention, and Precarious Communities.” Natalie Alvarez and Keron Zaiontz, editors. Palgrave. (Under Contract). 2019.

“Endurance Performance,” Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres. Meiling Cheng and Gabrielle H. Cody, editors. New York and London: Routledge, 2016.

Co-authored with Kris Grey. “Trans* feminism: fragmenting and re-reading the history of art through a Trans* perspective,” Otherwise: Imagining queer feminist art histories, Amelia Jones and Erin Silver, editors. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.

"Performing Singapore." PAJ: A Journal Of Performance And Art no. 1 (2016)

"Social practice then and now." PAJ: A Journal Of Performance And Art no. 2 (2015)