What Can I Do With a Major In Art History?

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Learn more about a major in art history. 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 the ability to interpret and assess art objects, as well as everyday images, objects, and the built environment, a broad range of historical knowledge, and research skills.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "AES" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below. 


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Graduate Programs in Art History

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

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

Alumni Career Examples

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 alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 


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


  • Education Department Intern, Weisman Art Museum
  • Development/Membership Intern, Walker Art Center
  • Curatorial Intern, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Docent, Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Museum Studies Intern, Exhibits Development Group
  • History Day Mentor, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Research Intern, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Audience Engagement Intern, Weisman Art Museum
  • History Museum Fellow, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Development Intern, The Soap Factory
  • Museum Education and Curatorial Internship, Weisman 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


  • 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


  • 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

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


  • Sales and Development Intern, Exhibits Development Group


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


  • 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. Postgrad job: Regional Director, APA (American Photographic Artists) New York
  • BFA, Advertising & Graphic Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design


The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.