Art History

About the art history major

As an art history major at Herron, you'll learn how to write and to 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'll interpret works of art and make connections between social and cultural contexts across history and throughout the world.

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

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

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

Possible careers

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

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Colleges/universities
  • Historical societies
  • Libraries
  • Museums or community art centers
  • Online or print publications

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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