Art History

Art History

Program Overview

The major and minor in art history includes a wide range of courses in the history of art from antiquity to the present and in the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and film.  You will get an understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of your own and other civilizations.

You will learn to decipher and interpret a broad range of artistic styles within a cultural, historical, and global context.  At the same time, you’ll explore the relationship between function, form and content in the visual arts.

You will graduate with a liberal, humanistic education that prepares you for work in any profession where critical thinking, analysis, research and writing skills are used. Our courses teach you to look at and appreciate the visual features of the world around you, and to understand the cultures of past and distant civilizations.  You will spend every class period looking at works of art and using them as a gateway to greater knowledge of religion, history, literature, philosophy and psychology.  

Besides galleries and museums, your employment options can include opportunities in education or arts-related institutions, or graduate school in law, journalism or business, as well as art history.  Combining art history with the study of a second discipline can lead to careers in medical illustration, archeology, advertising, interior design, journalism, art dealership or fashion writing. 

Art history majors are typically employed by:

  • Museums and galleries
  • Colleges and public and private schools
  • Publishers
  • Marketing and advertising firms
  • Architectural firms
  • Construction and engineering companies
  • Film companies
  • Libraries
  • Audiovisual centers
  • Magazines
  • Photography studios
  • Broadcasting companies

Those who find work right after graduation in a museum or gallery setting often find themselves working community education capacities, fundraising, public relations or marketing.  If you wish to manage a gallery or be a curator, then additional training and post-graduate work is needed.