SPRING BREAK AWAY
One of the most unique opportunities for Art History Majors (and non-majors!) is the Spring Break Away. During the Spring semester, students take an Art History course here at the main campus. Then, depending on the course, those students travel to Florence, Italy or Paris, France during Spring Break and spend the week fully immersed in the culture of the nation while still engaging in a scholarly way. Students have raved about the experience and many express their desire to return to those cities as soon as possible.
If you're interested in learning more about spending your Spring Break in Florence or Paris, see Dr. Madeline Archer, Director of the Art History Program. She can be found in 603 COLH and can be reached by email or by calling 412.396.6343.
Check out some photos from our previous Spring Break Away trips!
An art history degree does not restrict students to careers in art. Undergraduate majors in art history with a B.A. degree receive a balanced and rounded education that permits movement into other fields, either through employment or graduate work.
The creativity-enhancing study of art/art history can aid students in that the flexible and innovative abilities needed to create new paradigms have become attractive qualities in employees. An art-related curriculum develops just those skills.
Employment Opportunities for Art History Majors
- Teaching—certification required; graduate degree normally required to teach at college/university level
- Art Conservation
- Museum Curator—graduate degree normally required
- Gallery and Auction House Professional
- Tour Consultant
- Historic Preservationist
- Arts Administrator—combined with business
Schools K-12, Art Schools, Universities, Colleges, Self-Employed, Corporations, Museums, Art Galleries, Arts & Humanities Councils, TV, Theatre, Historical Societies, Film Companies, Publishers, Non-Profit Organizations, Auction Houses, Newspapers, Magazines, and Tourism Boards
Arts Administration - art history major and business minor/certificate; master’s degree in arts administration
Visual Resources Or Slide Librarian - art major and modern language courses; master’s degree in art history or library science
Art Librarian/Rare Book Librarian - art history major; master’s degree in library science
Museum Education - art major and education minor; graduate work in art history,education, or museum studies
Career Alternatives for Art Historians
Check out this wonderful resource created by the University of Notre Dame!
The Art/History Society is a club advised by Art History faculty member Dr. Julia A. Sienkewicz and was created to provide an opportunity for History and Art History majors and minors, graduate students, and other "fans of History and Art History" (faculty and staff alike!) to meet each other, go to galleries, historical sites, and museums, and participate in social events for the historically and artistically inclined. If you're interested in joining, contact Dr. Sienkewicz.
2012-2013 Art/History Society Officers:
Kaitlyn Garbarino, Megan Miller
Secretary/Public Relations/Social Media:
PHI ALPHA THETA HISTORY HONORS SOCIETY (Art History majors ARE eligible!)
The University has a chapter of the national History honorary society, Phi Alpha Theta. Every spring, deserving undergraduates in their junior and senior years are invited to join the society. Undergraduate students who will be considered for membership into Phi Alpha Theta must meet the following criteria:
• The completion of at least 12 semester hours in Art History or History (4 classes)
• GPA of at least 3.1 in Art History
• QPA of 3.0 or better overall