History of Art

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA, BGS, and BFA, as well as a MA and a PhD in the History of Art. A wide range of courses focus on diverse forms of art and visual culture from prehistory to the present in Europe, the U.S., East Asia, and Africa, both within national traditions and transnationally. Award-winning professors and graduate teaching assistants provide instruction in courses ranging from introductory surveys to graduate seminars, emphasizing critical thinking and active learning.

Classes take full advantage of the rich collection of over 45,000 objects in the Spencer Museum of Art, one of the top-rated university art museums in the country.

History of Art Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of artistic traditions and processes from across the globe, in their historical and cultural frameworks and as they evolve through time 
  • Know how to gain a better understanding of the past and the present through the analysis of visual and material objects 
  • Know how to read primary and secondary historical sources critically 
  • Demonstrate facility with online image and archival databases 
  • Know how to construct an effective argument 
  • Interpret a culture's values and beliefs, showing visual literacy and using current modes of critical and theoretical thought 
  • Conduct historical research and reach evidence-based conclusions about works of art  

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Auction Houses
  • Art Galleries
  • Art/History/Culture Magazines
  • Art Supply Stores
  • Community Art Centers
  • Educational Institutions
  • National Park Service - Historic Preservation
  • Travel & Tourism Agencies
  • Museums
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Publishing Companies
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs 

Job and Internship Search Resources

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.