With easy access to Washington, D. C.'s bountiful cultural resources, the Department's art history programs encourage the pleasures of looking and direct, interpretive engagement with the visual arts. Our faculty offer a diversity of methodological, scholarly approaches to the arts. We advocate the intertwining of visual, historical analyses with philosophical hypotheses and theoretical, political debates. We are attentive to the narrative qualities and rhetorical persuasiveness of art historical writing in dialogue with art objects, spaces, and performances. In teaching the research and writing of art history, we cultivate connections to the studio arts and interdisciplinary exchanges with other fields of inquiry.