Art History Major & Minor

You will see hundreds of images today. Art History makes you a critical observer.

Art History is the analysis of visual communication in its cultural context—from the paleolithic era to the present day, and from Michelangelo to Instagram. Whether it inspires, outrages, amuses, or persuades you, every image communicates a meaning. You can be smarter about interpreting that meaning with a background in Art History.


Where degrees in art history can take you.

Whether you want to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, education, museum work, art valuation, or conservation, as a Hartwick art history student you’ll get the hands-on experience you need to succeed.

Typically, graduates pursue careers in:

  • museum curation
  • education
  • conservation
  • corporate archive management
  • arts administration
  • library and information science
  • art valuation

 

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The need to store information in archives and public interest in science, art, and history, may continue to spur demand for archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators. Applicants should expect very strong competition for jobs. (U.S. BLS)


Putting art history to work.

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in a wide range of art-related fields and to further study at top graduate schools.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Sotheby’s
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Fenimore Art Museum
  • Madison Square Art
  • The Erie Art Museum
  • The Chrysler Museum of Art
  • The Fairfield Museum and History Center
  • National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Columbia University
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • American University
  • Boston University
  • New York University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of St. Andrews
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick hosts a varied schedule of art events, including exhibitions, visiting art historian lectures, artist’s gallery talks, and films. You can even explore works of art and architecture in their original locations on one of our J Term off-campus programs to Italy, England, or France.

Art history majors recently have completed internships with:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • The Brooklyn Museum
  • The Edward Hopper House Art Center
  • The Fenimore Art Museum
  • The Munson Williams Proctor Institute
  • The Hyde Collection

A closer look.

With its global exploration of the art of every continent, Hartwick’s three-course introduction to art history provides students an academic advantage from the very beginning. From there, you’ll begin to dig deeper in specific areas, across the globe and through time, culminating in a year-long research thesis project.


Meet the art history faculty.

Hartwick’s expert art history faculty look forward while looking back. They study the vast array of visual expression in order to inspire students. Students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Elizabeth Ayer
Professor of Art History
MA, Ceramics, MFA & Ph.D. Art History, Rutgers University
Areas of expertise:
Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Art of Imperial China and Art of the Andes, 13th century Italian painting and the impact of Byzantine art and culture in the West.
Douglas Zullo
Associate Professor of Art History
B.A., Art History, Baldwin-Wallace University; M.A., Ph.D., Art History, The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
art of the 19th through 21st centuries, history of photography, Buddhist art, cross-currents between visual art, music, literature, and performance.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick art history experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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