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The history of art as a discipline has seen a tremendous expansion in its discourse, facilities, and practitioners over the course of the twentieth century. Academic institutions in the United States have played a crucial role in this development.

The first course at Tufts in art history was taught in 1899. The program and its curriculum has since evolved into the diverse and distinctive department it is today, in addition to related programs in architectural studies, museum studies, multimedia arts and more.

The account here is an introduction to what is now the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University, outlining its presence at the university and within the field at large. The story presented here will describe the chronological development of the Department, its faculty, facilities, and the diversification of its curriculum.

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