Earn Your Art History Degree at UW

A bachelor of arts degree in art history offers students a course of study that will open up a broad and sophisticated window into the history of art. Closely linked to the museum studies minor curriculum, the B.A. in Art History has a robust vocational application. This degree provides preparation for entry into graduate school or for students who want to enter the workforce after their undergraduate education.

What is Art History?

An art history major is a course of academic study focusing on the development of visual art, such as paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings, concerning historical events and eras. At UW students will develop a broad understanding of world art, study the art of western and other global cultures in-depth and explore the historiography and professional practices related to the field.

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Our faculty are experts in their field and provide students with opportunities to get first-hand experience in the real world.

Getting students familiar with the process and community provides them with transferable skills from the classroom to their careers.

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What can you do with a B.A. in Art History?

Students graduating with a B.A. in Art History have broad liberal arts backgrounds with a focus on Art History. Many students have gone on to work in galleries, museums and public art administration and have pursued graduate degrees in Art History.

Art History Careers

  • Artist
  • Graphic Designer 
  • Interior Designer
  • Curator
  • Corporate Publication Writer
  • Cultural Organization Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Elementary & Middle School Teacher
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Museum Director


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Here are a few places our University of Wyoming alumni are now working and making a difference!

  • Denver Art Museum
  • Monroe County History Center
  • Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
  • University of Wyoming Art Museum
  • Laramie Main Street Alliance
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Art History Program Highlights

Students majoring in Art History at UW get a quality education and enjoy many of the following benefits our program offers.


Art Trips & Conferences

Students may participate in unique excursions to the art museums in Denver and Student Art League-led trips to New York City. They can also travel to Banner, WY to participate in the Neltje Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts for faculty-led short-term intensives or artist-residency program

Post Undergraduate Assistantship

One of the most successful programs we have is the Post Undergraduate Assistantship. Senior graduating students can apply for a Post Undergraduate Assistantship for the year following graduation.

Artist Organizations

Students can participate to build connections and explore research opportunities in organizations like the Ceramic Art Guild. 


There are several scholarships available specifically for students in the Art History program. Applications can be submitted through the main UW portal for financial aid, where additional opportunities can be found. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my two years at the UW's Art History Department, and have fond memories of my classmates and professors. The classes were well-developed and rigorous, encouraging me to think outside the box and think critically about the class material. The expected high standards regarding written papers and presentations prepared me exceptionally well for the graduate program in which I am currently enrolled. The internship I participated in under the guidance of Dr. Rachel Sailor was influential in my decision to pursue a career in archives. The Art History program at UW is excellent, and one which I happily recommend to prospective students.

- Margaret Solie
Class of 2020

Contact Us

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Department of Visual Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

Department 3138, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3269

Email: faoffice@uwyo.edu