Future Student Info: Art History

If you’re considering a degree in art history this is where you’ll find information about the department, as well as resources for getting started on your way. Take a few minutes to get familiar with the degree requirements and course descriptions, and take some time to get to know the department’s faculty. You might also take a little time to review scholarships and research grants.


What Does One Do With A Degree in Art History?

The short answer is: anything! A degree in art history provides an excellent preparation for working in the arts, and also provides a foundation for any type of career that requires a strong and developed ability to read, write, and think critically—especially within the context of the humanities. Graduates with an art history degree go on to masters and Ph.D. programs, law school, teaching, museum work, business, consulting, journalism, government, fashion, tourism, and much more.

Graduate Programs

Below are a few graduate programs that art history majors have gone on to study in:

American University (Washington, District of Columbia)
City University of New York (New York, New York)
Columbia University (New York, New York)
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)
New York University (New York, New York)
University of Oxford (Oxford, England)
Richmond College, The American International University (London, England)
The George Washington University (Washington, District of Columbia)
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, New York)
Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
University College London (London, England)
University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
University of Delaware , Winterthur Program (Wilmington, Delaware)
University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)
The University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)
The University of Denver (Denver, Colorado)
Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri)

Internships & Jobs

Students and Art History graduates have received internships and employment at:

American Alliance of Museums (Washington, D.C.)
Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, England)
Bard College, Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)
British Museum (London, England)
Brooklyn Museum (New York, New York)
Corcoran College of Art & Design (Washington, D.C.)
Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, Virginia)
Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, Delaware)
Ellipse Arts Center (Arlington, Virginia)
Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.)
National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.)
National Postal Museum (Washington, D.C.)
The Peggy Guggenheim Museum (Venice, Italy)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)
The Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art (Washington, D.C.)
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, Virginia)


More Information

Have a specific question about the Art History program at UMW, or just wondering how to get started? Please contact the Department of Art and Art History Office Manager, Shawn Young, at syoung3@umw.edu. We’ll get you connected with what you’re looking for!