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Art History

What is Art History?


Art history is the study of art created in the past by individuals from various cultures and parts of the world. The art historian seeks to interpret and understand works of art of many types, ranging from the monumental to small scale, by learning about artists' lives and their societies. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History are equipped for a wide range of professional careers - in museums, galleries, auction houses or publishing. An Art History major is not only a sound preparation for any professional field, it may also provide a distinct advantage for entry into those fields, given the increasing preference of law, medical, and professional schools for students with a broad intellectual background.

CWU Art Department

Related Career Titles
Antiquarian Book TradeAntiques DealerArchitectural Conservation
Art GalleryArt InvestmentArtist Representative
Art LibrarianArts Organization ConsultantCorporate Curator
Estate AppraiserFreelance Collection ManagerFreelance Writer
Museum CuratorArt PreservationistTeaching
Sample AdvertisementsArt AdministratorArt Publications
Art AdvisorCuratorial ConsultantVisual Resource Curator
Art LawIndependent ProducerArt Foundry Technician

Employment Settings for Art History Majors

  • Museums
  • Corporations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Art Galleries
  • Publishing Companies
  • Federal Government
  • State Government
  • Auction Houses
Related Major Skills
Attention to DetailCreativity
Interpretive SkillsCritical Analysis
Appreciation of AestheticsOpen-minded
Organization SkillsCommunication Skills
Interpersonal SkillsPresentation/Public Speaking
Intense Research Skills 


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