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B.A. in Art History

Students of art history learn about works of art and architecture from around the world and from all historical periods. What is more important, they learn the visual skills to interpret these works, develop the historical, social and political understanding to place these works in context, and the research and writing skills to make their own independent research into the visual world around them. 

Art history majors graduate with an understanding of the key periods and artists of the Western tradition, visual literacy, and skills in research and writing.  These abilities are valued by many employers, including museums, galleries, antique dealers, corporations with art collections, historic sites such as Plimoth Plantations, the Newport Mansions, and arts organizations. Some art history majors choose to go to graduate school for a Master’s degree, which gives them increased access to the above jobs, as well as teaching art history at the secondary level (usually in private schools).  Having a Ph.D. makes it possible to teach at the college or university level and opens up many opportunities in museums. (Students who are considering graduate school should take a second language as one of their cognate requirements.)

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of a plan of study approved by assigned advisor.
  2. Completion of a Declaration of Major Form.

Course Requirements

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Useful links for art history students at RIC​​​

Page last updated: August 27, 2018