The Art History Program fosters an energetic exploration of art, architecture, and material culture through the study of primary visual and literary sources, with an emphasis on historical understanding, critical thinking, written and oral communication, and professional development.
The student who majors in Art History is very versatile due to the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. As a result, Art History can accommodate a wide variety of career interests, and nearly all of our Art History majors pursue second majors or minors. Not surprisingly, our students and graduates have a wide range of career goals, including art theft investigator, art lawyer, gallery owner/manager, art appraiser, art therapist, art historian, art librarian, curator, art critic, etc.
When you enter our program, you'll meet with an Art History advisor who will help you plan the best combination of majors, minors, and internships to help you progress towards your unique career goals. Art History majors typically pursue either a Capstone track – intended for students planning on graduate school – or an Internship track – intended for students seeking professional development.
For Capstone track students, our program's high academic standards have resulted in a 100% acceptance rate into graduate programs for Art History majors. Our program also is unique for focusing on professional development, and our students have benefitted from the program's emphasis on the practical concerns of finding a job and ensuring our graduates are employable.
Our students have held internships with many local organizations and institutions, including the Figge Art Museum, the Putnam Museum, the Family Museum, the Arsenal Museum, and the Rock Island Historical Society.
Although Art History is housed together with History at St. Ambrose University, the program also has a close relationship with the Art Department, and many of our students pursue a second major or a minor in one of the Art programs.
If you'd like to check out the art history program for yourself, just let us know. We strongly encourage prospective students to come sit in on an Art History class during a campus visit so you can experience for yourself the Ambrose difference.
Contact us if you have any questions about our program, our students, and the wide range of career possibilities for Art History majors.