If you want to spend your life immersed in the world of history, art, and culture, major in Art History within the Fine Arts Department. In AUM’s interdisciplinary Art History program, you’ll be introduced to the history of Western Civilization through an examination of images, artifacts, buildings, and works of art. Our program offers courses on art from the Ancient world to the Contemporary and encourages students to consider works of art and architecture as dynamic objects that reflect the cultural and social history of the time in which they were made. You’ll also be trained in highly desirable, transferable skills prized by employers, such as visual literacy, critical thinking, primary research, and effective written and oral communication skills.
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.
You can put your degree to work in a variety of ways. Art historians are needed in museums, art galleries, auction houses, private and corporate art collections, art foundations, and non-profit or government organizations and institutions dedicated to history, arts, and culture. You could work in numerous roles, including researching or coordinating exhibitions for museums, writing grants for an arts-based organizations, assisting with fundraising or marketing for non-profits, managing a collection or archive, creating educational or interpretive materials for a cultural institution, devising public arts programming, or serving as a docent or curator at a historic property, house museum, or heritage site.
Overall employment of archivists, curators, and museum staff is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Regarding American museums, they attract over 850 million visitors per year—more than attendees of all major sporting events and theme parks combined – and employ over 400,000 people nationwide. The need to store information in archives and the public’s interest in science, art, and history should continue to spur demand for archivists, curators, and museum staff.
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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:
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