Study Abroad

100% of Elon's art history alumni and current majors have studied abroad. This experience is important to our students and our faculty. Choosing the right program at the right time should be made in consultation with your advisor.

Semester study abroad

Elon has three Centre Programs where Elon has secured the housing, contracted the facilities for classes, and hired local faculty to teach the courses. These programs are in Florence, Italy; London, England; and San José, Costa Rica. Dr. Ringelberg has been the faculty director in Florence and London, feel free to contact her with questions about either program. Only Florence has a regular ARH offering.

ARH 374 IS/ELR: Art History in Florence 4sh (credit for Expression as Art History or Advanced Studies if outside your major) This course begins with the rebirth of the major arts of architecture, sculpture, and painting in the late Middle Ages in Florence, Pisa, and Siena, and then focuses primarily on the art of Florence in the early Renaissance, concluding with a consideration of the High Renaissance both in Florence and Rome, and the beginnings of Mannerism. The majority of the course is taught in the museums and monuments of Florence to exploit fully the possibility of onsite study. There are required field trips to Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, and Rome. In all phases of the course, the art will be related to the historical and cultural context in which it developed and of which it is a reflection. Among the artists covered are: Cimabue, Duccio, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Masaccio, Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Alberti Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Castagno, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Verrocchio, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, and Pontormo. Course requirements include written midterm and final examinations and a term paper.

Elon also has a robust list of Affiliate & Exchange Programs. Art History students have participated in Affiliate & Exchange programs in Perth, Australia; Brighton, England; Cairo, Egypt; Paris, France; Dublin, Ireland; St. Andrews, Scotland; Accra, Ghana; Osaka, Japan.  For more information about these programs visit the Isabella Cannon International Centre.

**If you are considering studying abroad and want to transfer ARH credit back to Elon make an appointment to meet with Dr. Ringelberg of Dr. Gatti before you leave for the semester. Many Art History courses taught abroad CANNOT replace required courses for the ARH or ART major or minor.  

Winter term study abroad

Art History faculty and students regularly participate in Winter Term study abroad courses, such as "The Fine Arts of Italy", "Italy's Heritage: Past is Present", and "Paris: Capital of Modernity". These courses, as well as other Winter Term International Studies (IS) offerings, are generally 200-level General Studies (GST) courses and fulfill General Studies graduation requirements. These courses do not run every semester. Be sure to talk with your advisor about offerings that are of interest to you.

Winter term offerings led by Art History faculty

Italy's Heritage: Past is Present

From the Roman Colosseum to the Olympic Futball Stadium; from the ancient catacombs to the Contemporary Art Museum; from the medieval celebration of a saint’s martyrdom via modern loudspeakers; Italy’s past lives in its present. Italy and the Italians have contributed so much to the world’s history—and over such a long period of time—that it can be extremely difficult to see how all of these disparate pieces fit together. The goal of this course is twofold: to make Italy’s extraordinarily rich cultural heritage more meaningful by placing familiar traditions, landmarks, and people in their proper historical contexts; and to articulate the ways in which Italy’s past is relevant and essential to its present. To this end, we will explore the theme of Italy’s Heritage: Past is Present paying special attention to what Italian culture has borrowed, incorporated, rejected and recycled.

Past offerings led by Art History faculty

Paris: Capital of Modernity 

For the disciplines of history and art history, the emergence of the modern world is inextricably linked to the city of Paris and its series of political, social, and cultural revolutions in the nineteenth century. This course will challenge students to develop an understanding of the city as the host to key political and social upheavals that transformed the way people look at themselves and the world around them. Students will achieve a truly interdisciplinary vision of Paris as the capital of modernity by not merely seeing the results of the historical transformations in art, but that the art itself changed the ways in which people understood the nature of those transformations.