What Can I Do with My Art History Major?

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Overview

Georgetown's art history program offers both an undergraduate major curriculum and a component of several disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations within the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Foreign Service. Courses focus on a range of historical periods, cultures, and media, as well as methods of study and problems of interpretation and criticism.

The study of art develops visual and critical abilities, and trains students to relate direct observation to appropriate historical, political, social and environmental contexts, and to use their experiences in languages, literature, philosophy, theology, and a variety of other fields of study. Most art history courses emphasize the study of original works of art in Washington area museums, and many involve intensive research and writing experience. The art history program is a liberal arts foundation for pursuing jobs in art-related fields, literature, journalism, teaching, and law.

Georgetown's art history program offers both an undergraduate major curriculum and a component of several disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations within the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Foreign Service. Courses focus on a range of historical periods, cultures, and media, as well as methods of study and problems of interpretation and criticism. Many art history majors pursue degrees in M.A. or Ph.D. programs, including Georgetown's art and museum studies M.A. program.

Skills

Art history allows for the development of a core set of skills in a wide range of occupational settings. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.

Creative Expression

  • Appreciation of aesthetics
  • Attention to detail
  • Presentation skills
  • Independent thought
  • Imagination
  • Writing, editing

Problem Solving

  • Critical thinking
  • Seeking out alternative perspectives
  • Integrating theory with practice
  • Comparing/contrasting interpretations

Human Relations

  • Cultural awareness
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Conveying complex information
  • Objectivity
  • Advocacy
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Museums (e.g., National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Art)
  • Auction Houses (e.g., Sotheby’s)
  • Commercial arts manufacturers (e.g., Wordmarque Design)
  • Art centers (e.g., Arlington Arts Center)
  • High schools (e.g., Cesar Chavez High School)

Where are Georgetown Art History Majors Now?

  • Museum curator
  • Art advisor
  • Museum inventory specialist
  • Art librarian
  • Archivist
  • Project engineer
  • Art dealer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Corporate art consultant
  • Architecture conservation
  • Art magazine editor
  • Government, special assistant
  • Professor
  • High school teacher
  • Website designer
  • Journalist
  • Educational program coordinator
  • Lawyer for the arts
Relevant Web Sites and Publications
Professional Organizations

  Art Major Snapshot

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information on the academic requirements for the art history major, contact the department, (202) 687-7010.