Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Art History - Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Art history provides a student with a broad overview of world art history and draws upon history, art, archeology, anthropology, psychology, and other disciplines. It emphasizes visual skills and verbalization of the visual, both of which are increasingly important in an image-saturated world.

Art history majors gain an excellent liberal arts background and have pursued many different careers and many different work settings. Some pursue careers as curators or archivists at the many museums and galleries across the country. Others use the art history degree to hone their intellectual abilities in art for careers in media, advertising, publishing, fashion, or design. Another path for art historians is art therapy, working with people with disabilities. Others move into careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations. In recent years, some students have gone on to law, business training, library science, and other graduate degree programs at UB.

Skills gained in this program include:
Critical visual skills are obtained by evaluating works of art, oral and written proficiency gained through presentations and papers. Researching, managing cultural resources, appraising, designing, writing, promoting, selling, teaching, analyzing, interpreting policy, editing, advising, learning to think conceptually, organizing, problem solving, and developing attention to detail.

Career Choices
  • Advertising specialist
  • Appraiser
  • Art director
  • Art/music critic
  • Curator
  • Designer (display, fashion, set, stage)
  • Editor/publisher
  • Gallery manager
  • Graphic designer
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Research assistant (document/records)
  • Technical illustrator

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment? 40%

Alumni in Art History have found employment in the following fields:
  • Advertising
  • Art consultant
  • Art gallery
  • Art investment
  • Art law
  • Art therapist
  • Artist representative
  • Bookstore manager
  • Corporate curator
  • Cultural center manager
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Fashion
  • Fine arts appraiser
  • Freelance writing
  • Historic preservation
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Magazine research manager
  • Merchandise display
  • Photographer
  • Professor/educator
  • Public defender
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Realty analyst
  • Researcher
  • Retail buyer
  • Media curator
  • Teacher
  • University annual giving director
  • Video producer

Work settings include:

Museums, historical societies, historic sites, galleries, U.S. and state governments, K-12 schools, corporations, colleges/universities, antique dealers, archives, parks, magazines/newspapers, publishing firms, non-profit organizations, and restored communities/estates.

Salary Information
Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to the January 2013 NACE national salary survey for bachelor's degree graduates, history graduates' salaries averaged ,988 and graduates' salaries averaged ,606.

Career Hints
Employers are looking for experience and development of skills from that experience. Internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer activities in areas related to a student's career goal offer excellent methods of gaining experience and developing skills.

Students should participate in leadership roles in extracurricular activities, take electives relating to their career goal, participate in a directed research project through the department, and volunteer at places like museums, galleries, or historic preservation organizations (depending on career goal).

What percentage of graduates go on to graduate school?
15% to schools such as: Temple University, University of Texas/Austin, University of Virginia, Emory University, and University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39