About The Major

At Herron, you will learn how to write and talk about art in the context of history, science, language, culture, and tradition, exploring major movements from Prehistoric to the last two decades. Through visual analysis, historical research, and defined theoretical perspectives, you will interpret works of art and make connections between social and cultural contexts across history and throughout the world.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: research, critical thinking, analysis, fine art skills, and cultural competency (Herron School of Art + Design, 2017).

Complementing Interests




Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • History of art
  • Prehistoric through contemporay art
  • Islamic, African, & Asian art
  • Argumentative writing
  • Problems in art history
  • Myth and reality in Greek art
  • Senior capstone

Possible Careers

  • Archivist/preservationist
  • Art librarian *
  • Art journalist
  • Community program coordinator
  • Museum educator
  • Professor*

* = Career option requires additional training or education

Where Could I Work?

  • Museum or community art center
  • College/university
  • Libraries
  • Historical society
  • Online/print publication

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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