The Art History major investigates how individuals and communities use the visual arts to express their identities, beliefs and creative ideas across time and cultures. Art History classes draw upon a variety of critical theories and methodological approaches to offer students a comprehensive understanding of the contexts of art production, art reception, collection, exhibition, and publication.
Internships and Careers
Museums and galleries throughout the region offer the possibility of student internships. While careers in art history usually require training beyond a bachelor’s degree, the B.A. in art history prepares individuals for graduate work or for careers in the arts and humanities.
Go Far in your career
- Art Dealing
- Art Law
- Art Restoration
- Nonprofit Administration
Prospective students are encouraged to take general art classes in high school. A solid background in history and the humanities is essential. Because a knowledge of languages is often necessary for reading scholarly works in the field, students are advised to begin their language training in high school.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in art history will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic technical abilities within studio media and/or scholarly abilities within art;
- Engage in and apply scholarly and/or creative research in visual, written and oral context;
- Apply knowledge of art history, criticism, and theory to chosen field of study;
- Demonstrate the ability to contextualize art experience within chosen field of study.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The art history program does not lead to professional licensure.
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Art History program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.