Art History | AUM

Art History

Program Description

If you want to spend your life immersed in the world of art, study Art History. In AUM’s Art History option within its Fine Arts program, you’ll gain a broad understanding of Western Civilization through an examination of its artifacts, buildings, and works of art.  You can put your degree to work in a variety of ways.  Art historians are needed in art galleries, auction houses, private and corporate art collections, art foundations, and non-profit or government organizations and institutions dedicated to arts and culture. You could work designing exhibitions for museums, consulting on historical design for film, television, and theater, or as an antique dealer.                        

Points of Pride

  • An on-campus gallery provides hands-on curatorial experience.
  • The Fine Arts Department has a large collection of artworks, with strengths in 20th-century prints.
  • The nearby Montgomery Museum of Fine Art has an extensive collection of American art.
  • Our active AUM Student Art Association organizes out-of-town trips for students to attend workshops and visit exhibitions.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Additionally, jobs in art and design are projected to grow by 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. At $46,710, the most recent median annual wage for museum and archive occupations was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Art director

$85,610 per year

2% (1,800 more jobs)

Multimedia artist/animator

$63,630 per year

6% (3,900 more jobs)

Archivists, curators and museum technicians

$46,710 per year

7% (2,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Fine Arts Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 104

Soaring Warhawks

  • Chloe Brown won first place in the oral presentation in Creative Scholarship category at Auburn University’s “This is Research: Student Symposium 2016” competition.
  • Dana Bice entered the Art History graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now oversees the Writing Across the Curriculum program at AUM.
  • Kelsie Miller entered the graduate program in Art History at the University of South Carolina.

 Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to Art History includes:

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

VISU 3020

The Renaissance in Italy

An analysis of the visual arts in Italy from the 14th through the 16th-century.

VISU 3050

American Art

A study beyond the survey level of the visual arts in America from the Colonial Era to the present.

VISU 3060

Art Since 1945

A study of international art since 1945 as well as themes and issues in contemporary art.

VISU 3070

Women in the History of Art

A study of women artists from 1550 to the present, including cultural and social issues and historiography.

VISU 4100

The Artist in Film and Fiction

This course examines visual artists and the creative process as depicted in film and fiction. Why does Western culture seem obsessed with the construction of the artist as a tortured genius? Do you have to be crazy to be an artist?