Art History Major

Explore the history of art and its impact on shaping cultures, philosophies and literatures around the globe

If you’re interested in working at an art museum, cultural institution, or pursuing graduate school, you should consider an Art History major. 

Art historians are adept critical thinkers, excellent writers, and keen observers. Many of our graduates work in art museums, galleries, and other creative fields. Locally, our graduates hold positions as Director of Education at the Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, and Curator at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo. Beyond that, our grads are working at museums and cultural institutions around the country, and even abroad.

Art history majors are particularly well-equipped to add the Museum Studies Certificate to their major by adding the courses in Museum Studies and Collections, Care and Management.

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Student to
Faculty Ratio

With small class sizes, our students get individualized attention from their professors, who are dedicated to helping them reach their artistic and professional goals.

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There is scholarship funding that's widely dispersed across our department, all to help you graduate with less debt. 

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Our students can intern and work part time at the UNI Gallery of Art or UNI Museum to gain experience before graduation.


Find out More About Art History

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Department of Art
104 Kamerick Art Building
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0362

Phone: 319-273-2077

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Opportunities for Students


We encourage students to learn about how humans created art across cultures and time in courses including:

  • Race and Representation in Art
  • History of Design
  • Arts of Africa
  • Art and Globalization
  • Myth and Narrative in Art


Our graduates find work in a variety of public and private institutions. Common career areas include:

  • Museum Director
  • Curator
  • Gallery Director
  • Arts Programming Educator
  • Conservator

As an art history major, I was able to work at the UNI Museum with the African Art collection. This gave me hands-on experience with handling, scanning, and researching these pieces.

Katelyn Brockmeyer
Art History Student
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Bringing Art to the Community

In addition to formal classroom experiences, our students also have a variety of community-based art education opportunities. Our students participate in collaborative art projects within local schools, and throughout our community. They learn first-hand how to plan, develop, and implement arts and cultural programming, which prepares students to work  as educators and coordinators in museums and art centers.