What Can I Do With a Major In Art History?

You can do a lot with this major! Art History majors go on to successful careers in the arts, business, academics, advocacy, design, museum work, government, publishing, research, and much more.

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Career Titles of Alumni with this Major

  • Junior Architect, Chambers and Murray
  • Marketing Manager, Ameriprise Financial Inc
  • Project Manager, Bill & Linda Gates Foundation
  • Producer, Brave New Media Inc.
  • Owner, Braun Art Conservation
  • Professor, Carleton College
  • Librarian, City of Anchorage
  • Art Director, Fantasy Flight Games
  • Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Designer, Interior Design Studio
  • Consultant, Juxtaposition Arts
  • Associate Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Theater Manager, Southern Theater
  • Director of Marketing, Digital, and Technology, Target Commercial Interiors
  • Associate, Museum of Russian Art
  • Manager, Building Activities, and Special Projects, Twin Cities Public Television
  • Executive Director, YMCA of Los Angeles
  • Art Instructor, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Traveling Exhibitions Manager, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Development Associate, Weisman Art Museum

Job Titles Related to this Major

  • Appraiser
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Archivist
  • Art Authenticator
  • Art Educator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Historian
  • Art Preservationist
  • Art Therapist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Buyer
  • Collections Manager
  • Consultant
  • Creative Director
  • Curator
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Interior Designer
  • Librarian
  • Marketing Representative
  • Museum Exhibit Programmer
  • Professor
  • Producer
  • Program Director
  • Sales Consultant
  • Set Designer
  • Teacher
  • Textile Designer
  • Writer


Skills You Acquire With this Major

Art History majors develop skills that are applicable to a wide variety of 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 objects of art

Public Service Opportunities

If you're interested in doing volunteer work related to this major, the Community Service-Learning Center can help you find a related volunteer position. By volunteering in the community, you work for a good cause, explore career options, gain experience, and build your professional network.