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Art History

Bachelor of Arts

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Art history majors study the history of art in a cultural context. They examine the interaction of art and culture in both western and non-western cultures and the development of different artistic traditions.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ARH 201 Survey of Western Art I 3
English 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
Studio Art Course 2
Studio Art Course 2
ARH 202 Survey of Western Art II 3
English 102 First Year Composition 3
Math 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
300-Level Art History 3
300-Level Art History 3
Tier I General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
300-Level Art History 3
Art Elective300/400 level Art Elective 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
300/400-Level Art History 3
300/400-Level Art History 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
300/400-Level Art History 3
300/400 level Art Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
300/400-Level Art History 3
Minor Course - Upper Division 3
Minor Course - Upper Division 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 1
8th Semester
400-Level Art History 3
Minor Course - Upper Division 3
Tier II General Education 3
300/400 level Art Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The combination of studio art experience and the knowledge of art history, theory, and diverse cultural traditions gained from a major in Art History form a solid foundation for a variety of careers and future studies. Graduates in Art History are well prepared to work in museums, libraries, auction houses, cultural centers, and schools. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate study in art history, museum studies, classics, media arts, history, and literature, among other fields. Art History, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Some of the career areas and job titles below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Education
  • Archiving
  • Curating
  • Research
  • Program coordination
  • Cultural preservation
  • Art buying/selling
  • Consulting

Sample Employers

  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Auction houses
  • Antique stores
  • Schools and universities
  • Cultural centers
  • Libraries
  • Archives

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Curatorial Assistant $12,000 - $20,000
Antiques/Art Dealer $33,500 - $49,000
Art Conservator $16,000 - $60,000
Art Librarian $35,000 - $60,000
Art Magazine Editor $38,000 - $85,000
Gallery Archivist $18,000 - $35,000
Auctions Department Manager $22,000 - $40,000
Art Consultant $25,000 - $75,000
Gallery Registrar $18,000 - $45,000
Art History Instructor $25,000 - $75,000
Book Conservator $22,320 - $36,660
Museum Programming Director $20,000 - $40,000
Museum Exhibit Designer $25,150 - $44,660