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An Art History graduate can look forward to a career in museum curation, art advising, art law and enforcement, corporate consulting, appraising and more.

Art History students study the history of the visual arts in their cultural and social context. Students learn to describe, analyze, and interpret the form and content of works of art and become familiar with art history theory, methods of analysis and art criticism.

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The major is a part of the School of Art, Design and Art History, an academic unit within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Art History major requires 120 credit hours in general education, foreign language, philosophy and elective courses. Of these hours, 39 must be taken in Art History courses.

Art History
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.A. in Art History
  • Concentrations: 
    • Museum Studies
  • Minors: 
    • Art History

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the art history major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected. Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request.  Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Admission to the Major

Admission to the Museum Studies Concentration in Art History
The Museum Studies concentration consists of history- and theory-oriented classes about the role and function of museums in society. While the concentration is academic and not vocational, it offers students valuable hands-on experience beneficial for admission into graduate school and entry into the competitive market of art-related professions.

Progressing in the Major

Students must remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.


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