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Art History Major

BA in Art History
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Degree Plan

Art history students study the history of the visual arts and the theoretical and critical literature associated with the art of different cultures. The discipline of art history requires the development of critical writing skills, and use of such fields as history, philosophy, religious studies, literature and anthropology. At UH, art history students are encouraged to develop fully their skills in the critical analysis of art and visual culture, and to communicate their insights effectively through writing and oral discourse. The art history classroom is complemented by the extensive resources of the Houston museum and art communities, with ample opportunities for art history students to obtain valuable internships.



An undergraduate major in art history develops special skills in writing, critical thinking and analysis of visual and cultural information that can provide the basis for a variety of professional careers. The two main career paths for those who wish to continue working directly in the arts are: curatorial and administrative positions in art museums and galleries; and teaching and research in art history. Curatorial work at major art museums, as well as teaching art history at a college or university level both usually require further graduate study in art history. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

School of Art
100 Fine Arts Building
Houston, TX 77204
Phone: 713-743-3997

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