Ball State's art major (BA) with an emphasis in art history provides a comprehensive overview of the world of art, from ancient times to contemporary.

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Knowledge of the history of art will enrich any career in the arts, and it serves as a crucial foundation for a wide range of career paths in the humanities.

As a student of art history at Ball State, you will be encouraged to study abroad, and you will have unique opportunities to work with the objects in the David Owsley Museum of Art on campus, which is among the finest university art museums in the nation.

What You Will Study

While studying art history, you will investigate the most exciting moments in the history of human civilization. Art history has an interdisciplinary reach that encompasses literature, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religion, politics, economics, and cultural studies. It emphasizes visual as well as verbal and written literacy, providing substantial advantages to a liberal arts education.

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What Can You Do with an Art History Concentration?

Art history training prepares you for:

  • graduate school programs
  • careers in teaching at all levels
  • arts administration
  • museum work
  • gallery ownership or curation
  • historic preservation
  • work in art libraries
  • careers in publishing
  • art conservation
  • art collecting

Paying for Your Education

School of Art Scholarships

Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the University’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.

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