Become a museum curator, archivist or art historian

You can use your passion for art and social justice and engage with big ideas with an Art History degree from Carlow University. The bachelor’s in Art History is grounded in the study of  contemporary art and critical theory, focusing on the cultural and visual dimensions of social justice, as well as curatorial and museum studies. 

You will cultivate skills in visual literacy, critical thinking and writing, explore curating as a form of activism, and learn about undergraduate research and exhibition development. 

You will learn professional skills needed to work in museums, galleries and cultural organizations as well as broader fields such as education, law and nonprofit management. You will also be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in art history, museum studies, and conservation and preservation. 

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Bachelor of Arts


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Art history degree curriculum

You will be introduced to the study of visual culture, and cultivate skills in creative problem solving and problem seeking, critical thinking and exhibition making. You will take courses in art history and museum studies, as well as studio and design courses, and complete practicums and internships. Mentorship-model courses are tailored to your interests and post-graduate goals.

You can complete an internship with the Carlow University Art Gallery, working with professional artists, curators and museum professionals; curating exhibitions; developing and leading tours; serving as an attendant; assisting with collection management and artwork inventories; or researching and developing digital curation strategies.

You can engage with contemporary artists and organizations and rich local collections of public art through Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene and cultural institutions.

Quick facts

  • Gain professional experience at the Carlow University Art Gallery
  • Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene and cultural landmarks as part of your education
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Alternate degree completion option


Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Art History

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for archivists, curators and museum workers is projected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029, faster than most other occupations. This growth is attributed to archival information storage needs as well as increased public interest in science, art and history.

Admission requirements and application process

  1. Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admission.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Art History faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Art History

You can explore your interest in humanity’s creative history with a minor in Art History from Carlow University. In this program, you will gain an entry-level understanding of the elements of art and design, as well as an overview of Western art history. 

You will create art while becoming acquainted with both the theory and practice of art and understanding art in context, learn how to critically engage with artwork and further develop your appreciation of art.

Art history curriculum

A minimum of 18 credits is required, 9 of which must be taken at Carlow.

Required courses inlcude:

  • Introduction to Art/Visual Culture I and 2
  • Women and Art
  • 3 additional art history courses

Minor in labor and working class studies 

The Labor and Working Class Studies minor is an interdisciplinary 18-credit minor which combines history and human resource management. It prepares students to become reflective practitioners and compassionate leaders in a wide range of careers.

You will gain an understanding of working class dynamics, including unions, culture and politics, and the administrative and ethical issues involved in labor relations and other business decisions. 

Working class studies curriculum 

The minor requires a minimum of 18 credits, which include 12 credits of electives from History and Business Management.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to United States Labor History
  • Labor Relations
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