Art and Design

Art History

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Art History students study the origin, development, and cultural context of art internationally and throughout history. 

CSU offers a diverse range of courses in Art History including African art, African American art, Asian art, Greek and Roman art, Indian art, Islamic art, Western art from Medieval to Contemporary periods, Museology, and a variety of seminars on specialized topics, such as Art and the Holocaust, the Art and Architecture of Hotels, and Notre Dame is Burning.

The Art History program has periodically included optional Spring Break mini-courses in Paris and may expand to other cities. Numerous graduate-level courses for non-degree students are available. 

All students receive a free membership to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Art History Students Learn:
  • To research artworks
  • To write about and discuss art 
  • To identify art techniques and processes 
  • How place, style, patronage, and culture influence art 
  • How art illuminates history, providing cultural insights
  • To construct arguments and integrate information

Internships in the curatorial and education sections are available at the Cleveland Museum of Art and other local institutions.

Art History Career Paths
  • Museum Educator 
  • Museum Curatorial Assistant
  • Auction House or Gallery Specialist 
  • Grant reviewer for Arts programs 
  • Editorial work for Arts journals

Further study in master's and/or PhD programs to become:

  • Art History professor 
  • Museum Curator
  • Visual Resources Librarian
  • Conservator 
Further graduate study in Law, which uses similar research, writing, and memorization skills 

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