Undergraduate Program: BA in Art History

What Can You Do With An Art History Degree?

"I have always had a love for art, its materiality, history, and especially its cultural impact both past and present. Taking art history classes was an essential part to my understanding of how all these aspects merge together to create the vast number of experiences and stories that art and objects have to tell, especially in my line of work conserving library and archives collections. You need a complete understanding of art as living history, and art history certainly provided that perspective."

–Jess Ortegon
Jess Ortegon, art history alumni from the UConn School of Fine Arts working in art conservation
Emma Romano, sales associate at artsy.net and art history alumna from the UConn School of Fine Arts

Alumni Perspectives

"I work in sales for an art tech company, [Artsy]. It's been an interesting journey, but I'm beyond happy with where I've landed, and could not have gotten here without my degree in art history. My general workday involves researching gallery prospects to join Artsy's online marketplace, by perusing gallery websites, learning about their represented artists, and having conversations with gallery owners. 'For the love of art' is one of Artsy's main company values, and I feel lucky to work at a company that truly believes in the impactful power of art."

–Emma Romano

Alumni Perspectives

""Whenever I told anyone I studied art history at UConn, their first reaction was always: How do you expect to find a job after graduation? The truth is, an art history degree has not only lifted me towards a fulfilling career working directly with artists and the countless industries their work empowers, but more importantly the critical thinking skills and razor-sharp observational eye gleaned from an arts background informs both how I navigate daily obstacles as well as larger existential questions. To understand the significance of images in our culture is an increasingly valuable asset as we forge ahead into truly unknown territory. My art history education makes me feel secure in my ability to confront the world and the people who shape it."

–Nicholas Ochart, Assistant to Partner at Salon 94
Nicholas ochart, Art history alum

Why study art history at UConn?

We live in a visual world. But do you understand what you are seeing? How can you see with more historical context? More agency? How can you transform this visual world? With Art History.

UConn's Art History program focuses on art’s transformative capacity to change the way we see and understand the world. We emphasize not only the aesthetic and historical meanings of art, visual culture, and objects, but also their ability to address issues of social justice and social significance in our increasingly visual world.

Let Art History give you the core skills—critical seeing, thinking, and writing—to seeing a better world.

Experience Infinite Job Opportunities in the Art History Sector

There is no field, no career, no area of work that is not enhanced by a degree in Art History. We give you the skills to see, critique, engage, and communicate—skills needed in all walks of life.

Many of our students go on to professions in the arts: curatorships, art conservation, gallery and museum directorships and management, arts administration, art critics, non-profit work. Yet most take the skills gained through their study of Art History to pursue careers in areas such as law, healthcare, business, international relations, publishing, politics, and marketing.

Vision/Creativity/Leadership/Critical Voice:

These are the skills Art History gives you.

Meet Our Faculty

Elizabeth Athens

Assistant Professor of Art History
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Alexis Boylan

Associate Professor of Art History with a joint-appointment in the Africana Studies Institute & Director of Academic Affairs, Humanities Institute

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Robin Greeley

Associate Professor of Art History
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    Kathryn Moore

    Assistant Professor of Art History
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    Michael Orwicz

    Associate Professor of Art History
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    (860) 486-2560
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