From cave paintings to Instagram, sketches to sculptures, majoring in Art History at Hartwick College will give you the analytical insight to interpret, evaluate and educate others in how the works people create shape and define our heritage, history and culture.
Many Career Paths
Whether you want to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, education, museum work, art valuation, or conservation, a degree in Art History from Hartwick College gives you the hands-on experience and deep-dive analytical skills you need to succeed.
From the start, you’ll work with your Faculty Mentor, who will work alongside you to choose courses, internships and other opportunities to develop your personalized FlightPath. The possibilities are endless, and all add up to an education that is truly your own.
Add a Museum Studies minor and help curate and catalog exhibits, giving you the opportunity to share your knowledge of art history with the public.
With two museums on campus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spend time among Hartwick’s own collections, or make your own works in our clay, metalworking or glass studios.
Get off campus for J Term experiences in Senegal, Japan and Ireland and develop a global perspective on art history as you immerse yourself in the arts of other cultures.
Your Career Coach will guide you towards internships and real-world work experiences designed to hone your skills in a professional setting, and your Alumni Mentor will give you the personalized tips they learned on the job.
AN EDUCATION BUILT FOR YOU
At Hartwick, learning goes beyond the books in the classroom. Guest lectures, demonstrations and off-campus field trips bring your work to life.
Delve into the Yager Museum’s collection on Andy Warhol Polaroids, or the Thaw collection at the Fenimore Art Museum. You could even intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
Everything you do goes on your digital resume, and in your senior year, you’ll research a subject your passionate about, then present it to your peers at our annual Student Showcase. When you cross the commencement stage, you’ll be confident in your skills and career prospects.
WHERE CAN A HARTWICK ART HISTORY DEGREE TAKE YOU?
GRADUATE SCHOOL & EMPLOYMENT
Like Ann Cannon ’16, now the Associate Curator of American Art at the Fenimore Art Museum. While working on her MA at Boston University, she served as a graduate research intern in Arts of Europe Paintings & Exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, helping research new paintings and compile exhibition histories for the museum.
Like Tessa Kansas ’15, now the Fiduciary Client Group manager at Sotheby’s Auction House. After Hartwick, Tessa got her MA in Business from the Sotheby’s Institute, and worked in Cataloguing and as a Specialist Assistant. She did her internship at the Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Lion Heart Autographs and The Ross Art Group, and wrote for the CollegeFashionista blog.
Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program
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