What Can I Do With a Major In Art History?

Katy Hinz WCIDWAMI
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Major Information

The Twin Cities metro area is home to a vibrant cultural center, which ranks fifth in the nation in the Creative Vitality Index for its diverse arts events, extensive nonprofit arts venues, and deep private and public support of the arts. It is home to world class art museums such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Rochester Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum, and many other galleries, arts nonprofits, and museums in the state. Majors in art history are required to fulfill a variety of distribution requirements across geographic regions and historical eras; one studio art class is also required for the major. Most classes have no prerequisites. The 30-unit credit for the major makes it an attractive option for double-majors and transfer students. Students considering pursuing graduate-level work in the discipline should aim to take more than the required two 5xxx-level courses, with as many professors in the department as possible; they should also strongly consider making French or German their chosen second language. Learn more about a major in Art History:cla.umn.edu/art-history/undergraduate/majors-minor.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and art history majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Research skills and attention to detail
  • Broad range of historical knowledge
  • Ability to interpret and assess art objects, as well as everyday images, objects,  and the built environment

Interest code: AES

Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs in Art History

  • Master of Arts, Art History, Case Western Reserve University
  • Master of Arts, History of Art, Boston University. Post grad job: Assistant Curator of Interpretation, George Eastman House
  • Master of Arts, Art History, University of Toronto. Post grad job: Education and Exhibits Director, Altered Esthetic
  • PhD, Art History, University of Pittsburgh

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are Art History alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Art History majors, utilize these additional resources:
  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Arts & Culture

Internships

  • Education Department Intern, Weisman Art Museum
  • Development/Membership Intern, Walker Art Center
  • Curatorial Intern, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Docent, Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • History Museum Fellow, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Development Intern, The Soap Factory
  • Museum Education and Curatorial Internship, Wesiman Art Museum
  • Research Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Traveling Exhibits Network Board Secretary, American Alliance of Museums
  • Mobile Learning Research Intern, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Windgate Museum Internship, American Craft Council
  • Contemporary Art Intern, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Entry-Level

  • Warshawsky Fellow in Art Interpretation, Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Exhibition Development & Sales Coordinator, Exhibits Development Group
  • Curatorial Assistant, Basilica of Saint Mary
  • Mobile Learning Program Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Assistant to the Registrar, Weisman Art Museum
  • Japanese Print Archivist, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Traveling Exhibits Manager, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Art in Park Instructor, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Prints and Drawings Assistant, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Experienced

  • Curatorial Fellow, Weisman Art Museum
  • Gallery Curator, University of Minnesota Urban Research & Outreach Center
  • Digital Imaging Technician, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Historical Interpreter II, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Development Assistant, Guthrie Theater
  • Content Development-Expansion Strategist, Geoffrey M. Curley & Associates
  • Development Coordinator, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts, Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Sales and Development Intern, Exhibits Development Group

Entry-Level

  • Exhibition Consultant, Geoffrey M. Curley & Associates
  • Project Coordinator, Randstad Staffing
  • Marketing Assistant, The Bookmen Inc
  • Leadership Consultant, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • Sales Associate, Craftsy

Experienced

  • Exhibition Development & Sales Coordinator, Exhibits Development Group
  • Development & Marketing Coordinator, Senior Resources Inc.
  • Office Manager, Briol & Associates PLLC
  • Founder & Owner, My Chic Nest  
  • Recruitment Coordinator, Hyrian
  • Senior Art Director, Target
  • Account Executive, Global Experience Specialists
  • Vice President, Exhibitions International, LLC
  • Marketing Specialist, JE Dunn Construction
  • Sales Manager, Hubbard Broadcasting
  • Senior Manager-Events Marketing, Target Center

Graduate Programs

  • Mini-MBA, Non-Profit Management, St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Post grad job: Regional Director, APA (American Photographic Artists) New York
  • BFA, Advertising & Graphic Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design