Bachelor of Arts in Art History

About the Art History, BA

The Art History Major offers you a rich and diverse exploration of human creativity through the ages. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the historical, cultural, and aesthetic significance of art, from ancient civilizations to contemporary movements. Through engaging classes, you will develop a discerning eye and a nuanced understanding of the visual arts.

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Why Study Art History at CWU?

Art History provides insights into the cultural and historical contexts in which artworks were created.

You will learn about different civilizations, traditions, and ideologies, and how art reflects and shapes societies. Enrich your understanding of the world and enhance your cultural literacy in the Art History Major at CWU.  

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How much does this program cost?  

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Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

Careers and Opportunities  

Graduates can explore opportunities in fields such as art administration, art conservation, art journalism, art consulting, art entrepreneurship, and more.  

  • Art Historian or Critic: Teach at a colleges and university, conducting scholarly research on various art movements, artists, and periods or become an art critic, reviewing exhibitions, and offering insights on the significance of art in publications, newspapers, or online platforms.

  • Art Gallery Manager or Dealer: Enter the commercial art world and help artists showcase and sell their work, manage gallery operations, and build relationships with collectors and clients.

  • Museum or Gallery Professional: Consider working in museums, galleries, or cultural institutions as a curator, exhibit designer, registrar, or art handler.


The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery  

The Art and Design Department is home to the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, which offers exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and other programs that support the program by enhancing general knowledge and understanding of art.

Community Outreach 

Art and Design Professor Gregg Schlanger has created a host of community public art projects, including for North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington, the city of Memphis, Tennessee, the city of Providence, Rhode Island, and a public library in Owensboro, Kentucky. 

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