​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Students who major in art history often have a fascination with past cultures and their creations: the ancient pyramids of Egypt, the Renaissance frescos in the Sistine Chapel or a modern portrait by Picasso. In CMU’s art history program, you’ll learn how to see, think, analyze and write about art, exploring a variety of peoples and places from the beginnings of civilization through the 21st century. Students conduct personal research into historical artworks, travel to the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums and also have opportunities to study abroad.

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026
Museum curator/archivist$47,360 per year13% (4,200 more jobs)
Historian$59,120 per year6% (200 more jobs)
Art librarian$58,520 per year9% (12,400 more jobs)
Anthropologist$62,280 per year4% (300 more jobs)​

Program Overview

For a full review of programs and required courses, visit CMU's official online academic bulletin and consult with an academic advisor.


For More Information

Visit the art history website or contact:

Department of Art and Design
Wightman Hall 132
Email: russe1j@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3025
Fax: 989-774-2278