Why earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art History at Washburn?

In the Washburn Art History program you will learn how to analyze, research, interpret, and discuss works of art from around the world. As soon as you declare your major in Art History, you’ll be paired with a faculty advisor-mentor who will help you craft a program of study that will enable you to pursue a career in curatorial or academic fields. You will graduate with either internship or research experience. (And you can do both!) Hands-on learning, our robust internship program, and travel opportunities within the US and abroad ensure a wide range of experiences.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary Depends on fieldon campus
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Is the Bachelor of Arts in Art History right for me?

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History is the right option if you want work in a museum, gallery, college, library, arts center, auction house, or research and publishing setting. You'll take foundational art history survey courses, then choose specific periods and places for advanced study. You'll also receive training in theoretical approaches, studio practices, and curatorial practices, from collections management to designing an exhibition. Art History is a research and writing-intensive discipline, which means you will learn how to conduct qualitative research, analyze works of art, and write about material culture.

If you want to focus specifically on making art in a studio practice or plan to pursue a Master of Fine Arts, consider the BFA in Studio Arts. If you want to be an Art Educator, the BFA in Art Education with teaching licensurer is right for you. If you want to combine art with another field of study, consider the BA in Art.

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook

Graduate school can prepare you for careers as

Collections Manager
Art History Professor
Auction House Buyer
Art Librarian
Art Conservator
Arts Administrator
Art Critic
Grant writer
Much more

Internship or research


of our Art History graduates complete an internship or a directed research project.

Our alumni have gone to graduate programs at

King’s College, London
The Ohio State University
University of Iowa
Arizona State
Indiana University
University of Montana
And more

GET IN TOUCH WITH Art Department

Art Department
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1125
Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

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