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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Art History



The academic approach to art history suggests that a culture's nature is best revealed by its art. Art historians apply that principle when comparing past eras in western history or when relating western forms of thought and feeling with those of other cultures. Art history programs offer students the means of immersing themselves in cultural and aesthetic issues.

Some students want to pursue careers as curators or archivists at the many museums and galleries across the country. Others, knowing they have an eye for art and design, but lacking the interest in pursuing a career as an artist, use art history to hone their intellectual abilities in art for careers in media, advertising, publishing, fashion or design. Another path for historians is art therapy, working with handicapped or disabled people. There is a trend toward providing additional training and certification for this specialty. Others move into careers in business, government and other Nonprofit organizations.

Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of career choices, increasing one's marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities is important. A bachelor's degree is sufficient for many entry level positions, but for advancement in an area of specialization, an advanced degree may be required.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Advertising/Sales/Marketing Rep Educator Public Relations Specialist
Archivist Historic Preservation Specialist Researcher
Art Appraiser Media Buyer Retail Buyer
Art Therapist Merchandise Display Coordinator Store Manager
Arts Administrator Museum Curator Textile Designer
Designer Photographer .
Editor/Writer Promotion/Production Assistant .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Antique Dealers Historic Sites/Historical Societies Performing Arts Centers
Archives Interior Design Firms Photographic Studios
Art Management Firms Libraries Production Companies
Colleges/Universities Magazines/Newspapers Public Relations Firms
Fashion Design Companies Media Organizations Publishing companies
Galleries Museums Restored Communities/Estates
Historic Preservation & Firms Nonprofit Organizations .


Government Agencies
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Government Printing Office National Endowment for the Humanities
Cultural Affairs Agencies Hirshhorn Museum National Gallery of Art
Department of Education Institute of Museum Services National Museum of African Art
Department of Veterans Affairs National Archives & Records Administration National Museum of American Art
Freer Gallery of Art National Endowment for the Arts National Museum of American History

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Redbook Magazine Photo Intern

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Art History
Organization Job Title
Coopers & Lybrand Actuarial Associate

National Museum of Contemporary Art Administrator

Circle Fine Art Corporation Art Consultant

Comedy Central Assistant to On-Air Promos

South Street Seaport Museum Assoc. Director, Operations

Deloitte & Touche Business Valuation Associate

RR Bowker Publishers Customer Service Rep

Stem & Co. Event Planner/Installation Assistant

ARCH2, Inc. Historian

Wharton State Forest Historic Interpreter

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Art History
Grey Advertising Account Executive

Venturi, Scott, Brown & Assoc. (MS Architecture) Architect

(Self Employed) Art Historian, Museum Curator, Researcher

Santa Clara Univ. (PhD) Art History Instructor

Montclair Art Museum Asst. To Director

Frank, Bernstein, Conoway & Goldman (JD) Attorney

Roberto Clemente Youth Center (MA Liberal Studies) Director

Queens Museum of Art (MBA, MA Art History) Exec. Director

Johnson & Johnson Information Specialist

Federated Department Stores Interior Designer

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Boston University MA Public Relations

Brooklyn Law School JD

Columbia Univeristy MA Art History

Columbia Univeristy MA Historic Preservation Art

Hofstra University Psy.D School Psychology

New York University MA Art History

Rice University PhD Human Factors Psychology

Rutgers University M.Ed. Elementary Education

Rutgers University M.Ed. Education

Sotheby's Institute MA Art History

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