Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Investigate the history and context of world art.

Professor Kris Belden-Adams standing in front of projected art image gesticulating with her hands.

“The faculty help us gain valuable first-hand experience in the art history world. I am happy every day I walk into the department and surround myself with people who are always available to listen and help.”

Grace Moorman (B.A. in Art History, minor in Anthropology '20)

Collections Assistant, UM Museum and Historic Houses

About this Program

The Department of Art & Art History in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.A. in Art History. Students learn about monuments, significant artists, and artistic periods in Western and non-Western cultures. They gain art studio fundamentals, learn about art theory and criticism, conduct research, and discern the hidden and not-so-hidden ideas behind images.

Beyond the study of art styles and trends, our art history students are trained to communicate their own ideas about artwork and its various meanings. 

The Value of an Art History Degree

By honing oral and written methods of analysis, their critical thinking skills can even be applied far beyond the field of art history. Art history students can bring this knowledge to an expansive array of careers, including:

  • arts administration
  • auction houses
  • art conservation
  • art criticism
  • education
  • archives
  • publishing
  • museums
  • galleries
  • historical societies
  • law
  • marketing

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    Program Information

    Program Type



    Area of Study



    4 Years


    B.A. in Art History

    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the art history major and minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the B.A. in Art History complete 36 credit hours of art history courses and 3 credit hours of art. 

    Required Courses

    • Art 101: Two-Dimensional Design
    • AH 201: History of Art I
    • AH 202: History of Art II
    • AH 355: 20th-Century Art
    • AH 401: Research and Writing in Art
    • AH 403: Art Theory and Criticism
    • AH 499: Comprehensive Examination

    1 ancient art history course from

    • AH 315: Egyptian Art and Archaeology
    • AH 316: Bronze Age Aegean Art & Archaeology
    • AH 317: Etruscan Art and Archaeology
    • AH 318: Greek Vase Painting
    • AH 319: Greek Sculpture
    • AH 320: Greek Architecture
    • AH 321: Greek Art and Archaeology
    • AH 322: Roman Art and Archaeology
    • AH 323: Art & Archaeology of Pompeii
    • AH 327: Studying Ancient Artifacts
    • AH 328: Ancient Art on Location

    1 medieval art history course from

    • AH 330: Medieval Art
    • AH 332: Early Christian, Byzantine & Islamic Art
    • AH 334: Early Medieval Art and Archaeology
    • AH 336: Viking Art and Archaeology
    • AH 338: Romanesque and Gothic Art

    1 non-western art history course from

    • AH 380: Asian Art
    • AH 381: Art of China
    • AH 382: Art of Japan
    • AH 383: Art of India
    • AH 384: Art of Korea
    • AH 386: African and African American Arts
    • AH 388: African Art
    • AH 394: Mesoamerican Art

    1 renaissance/early modern art history course from

    • AH 341: Italian Renaissance Art
    • AH 343: Northern Renaissance Art
    • AH 345: Baroque & Rococo Art & Architecture

    3 additional art history courses at the 300 or 400 level from

    • AH 305: Art on Location
    • AH 306: Topics in Art History Abroad
    • AH 308: Art History Internship
    • AH 351: 19th-Century European Art
    • AH 355: 20th-Century Art
    • AH 357: Art Now
    • AH 359: Contemporary Art
    • AH 361: American Art
    • AH 362: Folk Arts of the Americas
    • AH 369: Black American Art
    • AH 374: History of Graphic Design
    • AH 376: History of Photography
    • AH 378: History of Printmaking
    • AH 406: Topics in Art History
    • AH 408: Seminar in Art History
    • AH 412: History of Museums
    • AH 458: Social Context of Holocaust Art
    • AH 490: Selected Readings: Art Hist. & Criticism

    1 art course

    See all art courses in the catalog.

    A minor in art history is great for students majoring in history, anthropology, classics, or modern languages because of their similar emphasis in cultural studies.

    Art History minors complete 18 credit hours of art history courses.

    • AH 201: History of Art I
    • AH 202: History of Art II 
    • 1 course in ancient through medieval art history
    • 1 course in Renaissance through modern art history
    • 1 course in non-Western art history
    • 1 art history elective

    See all art history courses in the catalog.


    Connect with an Art History Major

    Sydney Lynch

    Sydney Lynch

    What do you hope to do after graduation?

    See Sydney’s Answer

    What can I do with an art history degree?

    • Associate Curator, Dixon Gallery and Gardens
    • Creative Director, Ridge & Furrow Letterpress
    • Director of Collections, Walter Anderson Museum
    • Director of Learning & Innovation, Minneapolis Institute of Art
    • Manager, Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum
    • Master Planner, Walt Disney Imagineering
    • Owner, The French Potager
    • Gallery Owner, Perry Nicole Fine Art
    • Events Coordinator, National Museum of Women in the Arts
    • Associate Attorney, Jones Walker
    • Marketing Associate, Sysco
    • Regional Sales Manager, Nespresso
    • Faculty, Brevard Community College
    • Communications Manager, Grand Biloxi

    Choosing your Minor or Double Major

    Bachelor of Arts students must choose a minor (or double major). Combine your study of art history with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.

    Next Steps

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