Undergraduates who study art history develop many skills including:
An undergraduate degree in Art History is good preparation not only for graduate study in art history and visual culture but also the fields of law, history, anthropology, archaeology, arts administration, museum studies, and library science.
Art History graduates have successful careers working in libraries (including special collections and archives), museums (curators, educators), and galleries; they work in the legal field (art law), with governmental agencies, as antique dealers, and in publishing.
There are many things Art History majors and minors can do while working toward their undergraduate degree. These include: joining art-related student organizations and some professional organizations (many have student-level memberships), volunteering with area arts organizations, seeking out student internships both locally and nationally, investigating study abroad programs, working with faculty on independent research projects, and conducting informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for success in these fields. Many of the careers listed above require graduate degrees. With this in mind, by the end of their junior and beginning of their senior year, students should be actively investigating graduate programs in their chosen area of interest. Upon graduation, graduates should continue to pursue many of these activities.
To be successful in the field, graduates should join art-related professional organizations, volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts, gain experience through internships, and conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for these areas.
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