Many History of Art concentrators and minors spend their summers working as interns at museums and galleries, as well as any number of businesses less directly connected to the discipline of art history. Students who make proper arrangements in advance with a History of Art advisor may receive up to two credit hours in conjunction with their internships by enrolling in History of Art 299 ("Experiential Study"). These credits are graded "credit/no credit" on student transcripts, and they may not be used to satisfy academic requirements for either the concentration or the minor.
Note: All arrangements for enrollment in History of Art 299 must be made through a History of Art advisor before students begin their internships.
All academic programs offered at the UM help students develop valuable transferable skills. In our increasingly visual world, the breadth of History of Art offers a vivid perspective on the course of human history through the study of works of painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, and graphic media. As a History of Art concentrator you will be developing your global competence and visual literacy: the ability to read material artifacts as expressions of cultural beliefs, values, and practices, both in their original and subsequent contexts. As you gain familiarity with works of art and architecture from all over the world, you will learn to analyze the rhetoric and politics of visual culture and engage in sophisticated cultural historical analysis.
History of Art concentrators develop a broad range of abilities ranging from specific knowledge of artistic periods and artworks to visual literacy and well-honed research, writing, and communication skills. The program has close connections with many museums in the region, including the UM Museum of Art.
Related fields include Architecture, Literature and Culture, Asian and African Studies, Music, Theater and Dance, Museum Studies, History, International Studies, Communication Studies, Screen Arts and Cultures, Archaeology, Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology.
For more info, view the complete History of Art Career Guide.