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A degree in art history prepares individuals with the knowledge and understanding necessary to evaluate, understand, relate, and analyze art throughout the various times in history. A student of art history will learn about the development of art from the earliest cave drawings to the modern day, and will study the various movements and styles that arose in between. The role of art in the course of culture and social history is important as it speaks to the feelings of a generation, and demonstrates what was accepted and what was considered taboo.  

A graduate level degree is typically required to pursue a career specific to art history, though a bachelor's degree, like many other liberal arts degrees allows for careers in several fields and opens up several graduate possibilities.

A curriculum in art history may include:

  • Ancient Art History
  • Asian Art
  • The Dimensions of Art
  • History of Prints and Drawings
  • Art Methodology

A career in art history is limited in terms of available jobs. Most individuals wishing to work in an art history related field will pursue a graduate degree and find work either teaching, at museums, art preservation, art appraisal or art galleries. Research positions for art historians are limited, though possible through universities or government grants.  As a subfield of history, there are many similarities and shared skills, and much like history majors the higher level the degree the more the art historian will specialize in a particular period, era, or style.

A career in art history requires an excellent memory and analytical skill. An art historian must be able to identify and expand upon themes, styles, materials and mediums in order to evaluate and valuate pieces of art. Additionally, educators in the field must be able to expand on and relay historical fact, including accurate dates, major and minor movements, and the development of techniques. Individuals involved in conservation may work toward the acquisition or safety of historically relevant pieces, as well as their restoration.

Job growth for jobs in art history is expected to be as fast as average for all jobs. The average salary for careers in art history varies by position:

  • Museum Curator - $48,500
  • Museum Technician or Conservator - $37,000
  • Federal Museum Curator - $75,000

Individuals interested in art history may also be interested in history, archaeology, or arts management.

Colleges That Offer Art History

Listed below are the popular schools in the U.S. that may have art history programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting online or a state.

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University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

About The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,692
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (310) 825-4321

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Design and Applied Arts (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Film Studies (B,M,D)

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private research university in Manhattan, New York. Columbia University is the fifth oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S., founded before the American Revolution, and is an "Ivy League" university. A member of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $47,246
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 854-1754

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Film Studies (B,M,D)
  • Cinematography And Film (B,M,D)

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,874
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (510) 642-6000

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Film Studies (B,M,D)

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a public research university located roughly 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The palm-lined, 1,000 plus acre campus is situated along the Pacific Ocean, with views of the ocean and Santa Ynez...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,671
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (805) 893-8000

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Film Studies (B,M,D)
  • Art Studies (B,M,D)

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University is the main institution of the State University System of Florida. It is classified as a doctoral research university, conferring more than 2,000 professional and graduate degrees annually. The FSU establishment sprawls over 1,500 acres in land area, with...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,402
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (850) 644-2525

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Interior Design (B,M,D)
  • Graphic Design (B,M,D)

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University (BU) is a top-ranked, private institution of higher education located in Boston, Massachusetts.  BU offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in more than 250 fields of study and is particularly known for its interdisciplinary...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $42,994
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (617) 353-2000

Programs Offered

  • Visual and Performing Arts (B,M,D)
  • Graphic Design (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology (B,M,D)

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas (KU) is a public research and teaching college with one main campus and multiple satellite campuses.  KU offers high-tech laboratories, interactive classrooms, and several performance venues and athletic arenas.  The university's illustrious...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,678
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (785) 864-2700

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M,D)
  • Industrial Design (B,M,D)
  • Design and Applied Arts (B,M,D)

New York University

New York, NY

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $43,204
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 998-1212

Programs Offered

  • Visual and Performing Arts (M,D)
  • Digital Arts (M,D)
  • Dance (M,D)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (M,D)

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt) is situated on a 132-acre area located in the city of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Pitt has hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of disciplines at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,590
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (412) 624-4141

Programs Offered

  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Film Studies (B,M,D)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B,M,D)
  • Art History (B,M,D)

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,383
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (206) 543-2100

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Art Studies (B,M,D)
  • Art History (B,M,D)

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the main campus of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System. Its founding in 1848 was the result of a Wisconsin constitutional provision, mandating the institution of a state university within the state...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,378
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (608) 262-1234

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Interior Design (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Art Studies (B,M,D)

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY

CUNY Hunter College is located in the city of Manhattan in New York. It is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Hunter College is one of the oldest public colleges in the U.S., and offers more than 170 academic programs at the undergraduate...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $5,829
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (212) 772-4000

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M)
  • Drama (B,M)
  • Film Studies (B,M)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B,M)

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

About The University of California - Santa Cruz, located in Santa Cruz, California, was founded in 1965, though plans for the school date as early as 1930. The school is a member of the University of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,416
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (831) 459-0111

Programs Offered

  • Drama (B)
  • Film, Video and Photographic Arts (B)
  • Art Studies (B)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B)

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University is the state university of New Jersey.  It is considered one of the top research universities in the nation with a history of scientific innovation. Based on its faculty's productivity, such as number of books published, grants awarded and cited...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,073
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (732) 932-1766

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Art Studies (B,M,D)
  • Art History (B,M,D)

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $44,463
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (213) 740-2311

Programs Offered

  • Visual and Performing Arts (B,M,D)
  • Digital Arts (B,M,D)
  • Game Design (B,M,D)
  • Drama (B,M,D)

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Princeton, New Jersey and operated as a private institution. Approximately 7,700 students are enrolled per year at Princeton...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $39,537
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (609) 258-3000

Programs Offered

  • Art History (B,M,D)
  • Music (B,M,D)

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is one of the top research universities in the United States.  It is an urban university, with its two campuses located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia.  The two main campuses for VCU are Monroe Park Campus and MCV...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,886
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (804) 828-0100

Programs Offered

  • Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry (B,M,D)
  • Dance (B,M,D)
  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M,D)
  • Fashion Design (B,M,D)

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO

George Mason University, established in 1972 and commonly known as "Mason," is a top-ranking educational institution located in Northern Virginia.  Mason has strong research programs that span topic areas such as cancer, climate change, biosciences and information...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,482
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (303) 492-1411

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B,M)
  • Drama (B,M)
  • Film Studies (B,M)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B,M)

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT

Brigham Young University (BYU) is an institute of higher learning located in the beautiful mountain region of Provo, Utah.  It is dedicated to academic excellence and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The university offers...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $4,710
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (801) 422-4636

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B)
  • Design and Visual Communications (B)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)

Yale University

New Haven, CT

About Yale University, located in Hartford, Connecticut, was founded 1701 through “An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School” which was passed by the then Colony of Connecticut to...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $42,300
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (203) 432-4771

Programs Offered

  • Drama (B,M,D)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology (B,M,D)
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting (B,M,D)
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism (B,M,D)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.