Art History / Museum Studies

Art History and Museum Studies, one of the largest units in the School of Art, is a dynamic center for the investigation of the visual. 

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A Degree in Art History or Museum Studies

In this exciting area of study, we offer several rewarding degree tracks: a BA in art history and museum studies; an MA in art (art History) and a PhD in art history, theory and criticism.  We mentor our students intensively at all levels of study. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as professors, community college instructors, museum directors, curators and registrars, and gallerists. Many of our graduates are admitted to prestigious graduate programs nationally. An 18-hour minor in art history is available to students who wish to complement their undergraduate degree in other majors.

The ASU art history program is a dynamic center for the investigation of culture and the visual arts. Students engage with a rich and diverse curriculum. Faculty members emphasize critical concepts in their teaching including a close study of artists, objects and technologies. We 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. Our faculty is nationally and internationally renowned for their scholarly expertise and care in student mentoring.

The museum studies degree in the Herberger Institute focuses on curatorial and arts management practices, preparing students for careers in museums, galleries and arts organizations. 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 strong partnerships with the ASU Art Museum and museums across the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

In May 2018, ASU partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a new master’s fellowship designed to increase diversity among museum professionals. Learn more.

Students learning Art History at ASU

The BA in art history is a dynamic program that investigates visual culture and engages students...

Student in an art gallery or museum viewing an art piece

A global perspective and social justice are at the core of the BA program in museum studies at...

A group looking and studying a piece of art

The MA in art with a concentration in art history is a comprehensive degree program designed to...

Abstract project

The history, theory and criticism concentration within the PhD program in design, environment...

Art History student

The art history minor is designed for students who are interested in a broad introduction to the...