Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): Art History Concentration

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The Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree program provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of artworks, visual experience, and material objects from diverse periods, cultures and media. The scholarly investigation and analysis of visual styles, cultural movements, and social evidence in the history of art sustains a greater understanding of civilization.

Introductory level courses encourage your basic understanding and appreciation of works of art. The advanced curriculum offers a more intensive and specialized knowledge of art history, providing an opportunity for you to pursue a broad range of cultural and historical genres in the field.

Students attending the bachelor degree in art history program have access to numerous databases including OmniFile, Bibliography of the History of Art, and Oxford Art Online as well as many reference sources and books at the Zach S. Henderson Library at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Rebecca Ziegler serves as the BFSDoArt’s Library Liaison to assist in students’ research efforts.

Students pursuing an Art History B.A. are required to complete the Foundations Program before starting their degree coursework. This exciting first year provides an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. Students work through a series of learning experiences designed to address traditional, interdisciplinary, and innovative approaches to the technical and conceptual practices.

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Career Outlook
Overall employment of curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012)
“In the Wall Street Journal, we read that according to ‘a year-long survey of 1.2 million people with only a bachelor’s degree by PayScale Inc.,’ art-history majors have a median starting salary of $35,800. Ten years after graduation, their median salary is $64,900. In that respect, they beat majors in anthropology, biology, criminal justice, drama, education, English, forestry, graphic design, health care administration, hospitality, interior design, music, nutrition, psychology, religion, sociology, and Spanish.'” (, 2012)
Because museum attendance is expected to rise over the coming decade, many museums should remain financially healthy and are expected to schedule additional building and renovation projects. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012)
Types of Jobs
Antiques Dealer
Art Gallery Owner
Artist Representative
Art Auctioneer
Art Consultant
Arts Organizations
Art Critic
Art Dealer
Art Director
Art Librarian
Art Buyer
Art Publications
Freelance Writer


Last updated: 8/14/2017

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