What can I do with a degree in Art History?

Recent GraduatesAn art history degree from Elon prepares you for an array of postgraduate opportunities. Art history alumni have gone on to graduate programs in art history and museum studies as well as work in the fields of art journal publications, art practice, visual culture, museums, international studies, and history, among others. The art history faculty place mentoring and advising at the center of the experience of our major and minor, working with students as they move through the curriculum to better integrate their coursework, internships, study abroad, and professional development opportunities.

Access to the Student Professional Development Center at Elon

In addition to faculty expertise, current Art History students and alumni have access to Elon’s Student Professional Development Center (SPDC). At the SPDC students can receive career advising, help with resumes and cover letters, search for jobs, internships or graduate programs, find resources to help with transition to a first job or between jobs, as well as create business and calling cards.

Resources for Art History Students:

What does a resume emphasizing my studies in Art History look like? Sample resume for a student who is looking for full-time employment.

Internships in Art History

Elon art history students have landed internships in some of the most prestigious museums and art galleries in the country including: Sotheby’s in London, Christie’s Art Auction House, Pace Prints Gallery in New York, the Archives of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The High Museum, The Mint Museum, The Carrack, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Reynolda House, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Whom to contact at Elon?

Register for Internship Credit – ARH 481: Intership in Art History (1-4 SH)

Request a recommendation for an internship form the art history faculty.

Graduate Studies in Art History

Although the Art History major is only 10 years old our alumni have been accepted into top graduate programs for Art History, Art Criticism, Museum Studies, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Law, and Information and Library Science. We currently have, or have had, students attend programs at:

  • American UniversitySarah Hagia Sophia
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Corcoran College of Art & Design
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Drexel University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Virginia
  • NYU Steinhardt
  • University of California at Riverside
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London
  • Stonybrook University
  • University of the Arts in Philadelphia
  • New York University
  • Chatham University
  • University of California at Berkeley

Every Art History student who has applied to graduate school has been accepted to the program they most desired.

Request a recommendation for graduate school from the art history faculty.

Careers in Art History

Beyond graduate school, our alumni have secured jobs in museums, art galleries, and arts administration positions, as well as working in the Offices of Admissions and Advancement at Elon, which suggests Elon also believes our alumni are exemplary Elon grads!