Art History, Criticism and Conservation

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About the Art History, Criticism and Conservation Major

Don't be deceived -- the study of art history involves more than memorizing artists and dates. Art history majors develop visual literacy through exploring visual culture in historical, social, political, and religious contexts. The study of art history familiarizes students with works of art from their origins through present day. The curriculum typically consists of a mix of courses focused on geographic areas, chronological periods, social movements, cultures, themes, and styles. Courses also explore the criticism, preservation, and conservation of art.

The art history major provides a versatile skill set in visual analysis, writing, research, oral communication, and critical thinking, preparing grads to work in art-related fields and beyond. Opportunities include work in museums, galleries, auction houses, conservation, arts management, publishing, communications, advertising, and academia. Careers as museum curators, journalists, or art dealers are just few of the many possibilities. Some art history graduates even choose to pursue advanced degrees in law or business.

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