Bachelor of Arts

Art History

Gain a deeper understanding of art, history, and culture with a bachelor’s degree in art history.

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Arts in Art History equips you with a range of adaptable skills and a sharp eye for an increasingly visual world. From critical thinking to communication, creative expression, and cultural awareness, the skills you acquire in a versatile art history degree are always in demand. You’ll develop a strong sense of visual literacy as you explore art and architecture from antiquity to the present, in both Western and non-Western contexts. Join our art history majors as they explore interdisciplinary themes including history, politics, economics, philosophy, and culture. You’ll also have the opportunity for hands-on experiences with undergraduate courses in art processes or curation, or an internship with a gallery. Whether your next step is graduate school or the workforce, our bachelor’s degree in art history program gives you a global perspective for a world of opportunities.

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Arts in Art History equips you with a range of adaptable skills and a sharp eye for an increasingly visual world. From critical thinking to communication, creative expression, and cultural awareness, the skills you acquire in a versatile art history degree are always in demand. You’ll develop a strong sense of visual literacy as you explore art and architecture from antiquity to the present, in both Western and non-Western contexts. Join our art history majors as they explore interdisciplinary themes including history, politics, economics, philosophy, and culture. You’ll also have the opportunity for hands-on experiences with undergraduate courses in art processes or curation, or an internship with a gallery. Whether your next step is graduate school or the workforce, our bachelor’s degree in art history program gives you a global perspective for a world of opportunities.

Bachelor’s Degree in Art History: The Oakland University Advantage

What separates Oakland University’s undergraduate program from other degrees in art history? Our art history program offers a diverse, creative community led by accessible faculty. Their interdisciplinary approach will prepare you to reach your career goals, whatever they may be.

Choose Oakland’s art history bachelor’s degree if you’re looking for:

  • Transferable skills. As an art history major at Oakland, you’ll hone your skills in critical thinking, writing, visual analysis, problem solving, flexibility, and collaboration. This deep and diverse skillset can open the door to broad options for careers in art and many other fields.
  • Committed faculty. Our art history program faculty are internationally active, widely published, and committed to your success. Offering patience, encouragement, and advising in small class sizes, your professors will feel more like mentors.
  • Creative community. You’ll draw inspiration from fellow artists and designers who challenge and broaden your perspective. Our diverse and inclusive Department of Art and Art History provides you with opportunities for personal growth, collaboration, and professional networking.
  • Real-world experience. Oakland University’s art history degree takes you out of the classroom and into the community for hands-on experiences. Try out ancient art processes, curate exhibitions at the Oakland University Art Gallery, or immerse yourself in culture with a summer study abroad in Italy.
  • Access to arts venues. Our campus also provides access to the gallery’s 1,500-piece art collection at Meadow Brook Halla National Historic Landmark, museum, and cultural center. And since Oakland is just a short drive from Metro Detroit, you and other art history majors can experience the latest exhibitions at major museums in Detroit’s arts and culture scene.

What Can You Do With an Art History Degree?

An art history undergraduate program serves as a strong foundation for a range of jobs and careers. Art history majors develop the skills to understand, record, and interpret a world dominated by visual media. You’re cultivated to analyze critically, solve problems creatively, and communicate effectively, and this will support your success in a variety of career pursuits.

Oakland University art history program alumni have landed jobs working in museums and art galleries as archivists, curators, museum technicians, conservators, and more. These types of art jobs are projected to grow 11% — much faster than the average — by 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduates of Oakland’s art history degree undergraduate program are also well qualified for jobs in art-related venues and organizations such as:

  • Art publishers
  • Historical societies
  • Conservation firms
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Auction houses
  • Libraries

Bachelor’s Degree in Art History: What You’ll Learn

The bachelor’s in art history degree program at Oakland University includes core coursework that covers critical thinking and writing. You’ll also explore the histories of art from Western, Asian, and Islamic cultures. Then chart your own path of interest, choosing art history courses from four main categories: non-Western, ancient/medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and American/modern.

Art history majors gain further appreciation for artists by taking studio art electives. Your undergraduate art history college experience will culminate in an opportunity to showcase your senior thesis project in a department-wide symposium.

A sample of recent Oakland art history program course offerings includes:

  • Japanese Art
  • Art of the Ancient Near East
  • Islamic Art
  • Renaissance Art in Italy
  • Techne: Art Making and Context
  • History of Photography
  • Art Since 1960
  • Visual Representations and the Nuclear Experience

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