About the Program

Art History is the study of art from the past and present within its various contexts. These contexts include political, economic, cultural and social and history, as well as the frameworks provided by artistic practice and critical discourse. Art history is interdisciplinary in its very nature, and this cross-fertilization guarantees new discoveries and interpretations that keep the discipline fresh. Art history encourages creativity, by giving students the opportunity to weave together the various strands of their broader education at UNL.

If I major in art history, what will I do after graduation?

A degree in art history will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in art and non-art related fields. As an art history major, you will learn to think critically; to write persuasively; to plan and execute long term projects - skills that are highly desired among today's employers.

The BA in Art History also provides excellent preparation for professional or graduate programs, including arts management, museum studies, historic preservation, conservation, journalism, law, business, and library or information sciences.

A degree in art history prepares you for an entry level position in the following art-related fields. Your skills will be transferrable to a host of other career possibilities as well.
  • art galleries
  • public art centers
  • art libraries
  • art buyers
  • art consultants
  • art publications
  • art auction houses
  • art museums

A MA in Art History prepares the student for teaching in community or junior colleges, but a PhD is necessary for teaching and research positions in colleges and universities, and is increasingly required for museum work.

For more information about Art History at UNL, please contact Prof. Michael Hoff  at mhoff1@unl.edu.