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Gain an understanding of the critical concerns of art history in a wide range of eras and cultures through the art history program, one of the largest areas in the School of Art.

The BA in art history is a dynamic program for the investigation of visual culture in which students engage with a rich and diverse curriculum.

Faculty members emphasize critical concepts in their teaching, including the close study of artists, objects and technologies. Students explore art's history in economic, social and political contexts and the relationship of visual art to other disciplines such as literature, science, anthropology, media and performance studies. In addition to art history courses, the program includes interdisciplinary coursework from departments across the university.

Internships are available at a wide range of arts organizations. The program is enriched by partnerships with the ASU Art Museum and museums throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and beyond, including an affiliation with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Art (Art History), BA

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Admission requirements

Students meeting the university requirements for admission may matriculate in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Separate admission procedures and approvals are required for some programs within the college. Students must contact specific departments or schools for details.

Freshmen students applying to the Herberger Institute School of Art enter ASU as art exploratory majors in the School of Art. There is no portfolio review process at the time of admission to ASU for freshmen.

Typically students in their second year who are interested in studio art and art education will submit a portfolio for review once they have completed their core requirements and are completing the last of the 12 hours of 200-level art requirements, or if they are interested in art history or museum studies they will submit a declaration form in the semester in which they complete 30 hours.

Career outlook

Graduates of art history at the bachelor's degree level find employment opportunities in commercial art galleries, art museums and historical societies and archives. Other options include arts agencies and public art programs or admission to prestigious graduate programs across the nation.

A graduate degree is essential for professional positions; a master's degree prepares individuals to teach at the community college level, practice and publish as an art critic or writer, enhance one's own practice as an artist, or gain entry into museums, archives, historical societies, auction houses, publishing companies and academic presses as well as to art libraries. The doctorate is a necessity for employment as a university or college teacher and for responsible administrative and curatorial positions in the museum and publishing world.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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