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The study of art history explores how societies and individuals have used the visual arts to convey the ideas and values that were important to them.
In addition to artists and their work, art historians study the interpretation of visual material and how it changes over time. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
A minor in art history is also available.
Examining the roles of visual media from diverse cultures and historical periods offers students an understanding of context and a global outlook that are necessary in our changing world. Art history students:
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale
The curriculum offers students a broad-based knowledge of the visual arts from a global perspective while learning historical, cultural, and theoretical approaches to works of art. At the intermediate level, majors take specialized courses focusing on a historical period, geographical region, or conceptual theme that allow for in-depth study of a topic
Students completing a degree in art history can pursue a variety of career paths including:
The discipline emphasizes the transferable skills of critical thinking, written, and oral communication that are the foundations of any profession.
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Students admitted to Grand Valley State University who declare an interest in pursuing an art history, film and video production, or photography degree can begin to register for the introductory courses. Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
“More than just a better understanding of art history, this program has given me excellent researching and writing skills as well as taught me to be more inquisitive and analytical in my everyday endeavors.”