George Mason University is one of the few universities in the country that houses its Art History department not in a school of Fine Arts but along with the History Department. The result is an exciting synergy between faculty members and students from both programs. Two disciplines are thus housed and integrated within one uniquely interdisciplinary department. The faculty in each program maintain a research and teaching emphasis specific to their own discipline while incorporating perspectives from the others. Several of the courses in these programs are cross-listed with each other, allowing students in one discipline to attend classes and exchange ideas with students in another. The department also manages a Visual Resources Collection, an extensive annotated database of images for teaching and research. George Mason University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.