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Art History - BACHELOR'S (BA)  

CIP CODE 50.0703.00


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in art history is a four-year program that guides students through the historical study of art and professional art history methodologies and that requires a minor program of study to complement their advanced art history coursework.


The Art History Program engages students to learn about the arts, architecture, and cultures from across the globe and throughout time. Taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty, our course offerings cover a wide range of topics including Asian art, sub-Saharan African art, the global renaissance, and art and the human condition. As an art history major, you will gain a general knowledge of art monuments, principal artists, and diverse cultural traditions; a solid foundation in art historical theory, analysis, and criticism; insight into the creative process through participation in studio art courses; a working knowledge of at least one foreign language for primary source research; and a familiarity with image archives, bibliographic databases, and cutting-edge approaches drawn from the field of digital humanities. Our rigorous program provides strong academic preparation for further study at the graduate level and for work in museums and other professional organizations in the visual arts. But a major in art history develops critical and creative thinking skills that are valuable in any professional field. We provide a strong foundation that encourages our students to thrive in a multicultural society.



  • Antiques Dealer
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Law & Law Enforcement
  • Art Librarian
  • Conservator
  • Collections Manager
  • Curator
  • Education Curator
  • Exhibitions Curator
  • Gallery Director
  • Museum Curator
  • Teacher*

*Career options that require more education, certifications, expertise, etc.


Accredited by the National Association of the School of Arts and Design (NASAD), the Department of Art and Art History includes an outstanding Art History Program with distinguished faculty who are actively engaged in research and publication but equally dedicated to teaching. The student-teacher ratio in our program is remarkably low for an institution of our size, with the professors fully invested in the mentoring and success of their students, many of whom are first-generation. UT Arlington is situated in the center of two major metropolitan cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, with world-famous museums such as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Amon Carter Museum of Art. Internship opportunities are available for our art history majors at the area museums as well as on campus (UT Arlington Fine Arts Collections; Library Special Collections), and a minor in museum studies is offered. Our art history alumni gain the knowledge and confidence to embark on exciting career opportunities (e.g., curatorial intern at the National Museum of African American Culture and History at the Smithsonian Institute) and continue their studies at graduate schools across the globe (e.g., Design History Program at the Royal College of Art-Victoria and Albert Museum, London).


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Art History - BACHELOR'S (BA)

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Department of Art And Art History

College of Liberal Arts