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What You’ll Study at Queens 

Are you curious about the stories art has to tell? Art history trains the eye and brain to analyze, interpret, and comprehend forms of visual and digital content, an important skill in our visual world filled with computers, tablets, televisions, and phone screens. In art history courses, you will learn to think beyond your perspective and accurately understand the perspectives of others, growing your understanding of diversity, community, and empathy. 

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In today’s world, students need to be prepared for the ever-evolving job market. Globally, business leaders and executives argue having these skills is even more important than a college degree: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, information literacy, integrity, intercultural skills, and applied knowledge in real-world settings. Did you know that these skills are at the heart of art history? In this degree, you will learn to understand the past and its relationship to our present situations and conflicts.  

How Can You Use This Degree? 

Our recent graduates are securing placements in graduate schools nationally and internationally, including at St. Andrews (Scotland), Glasgow University (Scotland), the University of Liverpool (UK), McGill (Canada), Tulane, Northwestern, the Corcoran, Sotheby’s NY, and UNC-Chapel Hill. 

In the workforce, example positions include: 

  • University professor 
  • Museum curator 
  • Gallery owner 
  • Art critic 
  • Art lawyer 
  • Arts organization administrator 
  • Consumer and wealth management analyst 

Highlighted Courses

  • Arts Development (ARL 202) 
  • History of Non-Western Art (ARH 205) 
  • Art Law (ARL 302) 
  • Methods and Research in Art History (ARH 407) 

Student Success / Highlights 

Students have gone on to pursue the following as examples:  

  • Operations Analyst, Consumer and Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs (Arianna Shiraz ’21
  • M.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews, a Ph.D. candidate in Information Security at Royal Holloway University of London. Fully funded through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security (Taylor Robinson ’20
  • M.A. in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, now Curator at Cedars-Sinai Hospital Los Angeles (Bree Thorne/Nykole ’20
  • M.A. in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy, Goldsmiths, London University, UK (Kaileigh Eaton ’19
  • Law degree, specializing in art law, and worked as a legal intern and associate attorney (Allison Morris ’18
  • M.A. in Art History, University of Glasgow (Scotland) (Kaylan Gerdes ’18

Program Contact 

Siu Challons-Lipton, D.Phil.

Executive Director, Department of Art, Design and Music 
Carolyn G. and Sam H. McMahon Professor of Art History 
Noble Faculty Fellow  
Distinguished Faculty Fellow

Meet Your Professors 

Other Program Opportunities

View our Art History blog to see exciting experiences as Gallery Assistants and through trios to Florence, Italy!

Scholarships – The Kathryn Leinbach Brown ’78 Art Scholarship awards travel to successful Art history students to attend a summer program. Students have used this to pursue studies in Art history at Oxford University (UK), Sotheby’s (NY), and Studio Arts College International in Florence (Italy). Students have also been successfully granted summer research grants with faculty such as the Rogers Summer Institute for Research and Creative Work and yearlong research scholarships like the Noble Fellowship. 

Internships – The many local art organizations – museums, galleries, art-related businesses such as advertising firms, the Arts and Science Council and the Blumenthal provide diverse internship opportunities. Apprenticeships with local artists and conservators are also available. Students have been mentored by the CEO of the Mint Museums, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, LACA Projects, and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.