​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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)​

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

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Art History Major

Total: 40 semester hours
Core Courses I
(9 hours)
ART 096
Art Event Attendance
ART 283
Introduction to Western Art, Part I
ART 285
Introduction to Western Art, Part II
ART 287
Introduction to Non-Western Art
Core Courses II
(7 hours)
ART 319
The Methods of Art History
ART 492
Art History Professional Development
ART 589
Research Seminar in Art History
Core Courses III
(9 hours)
Select one course each from Groups 1, 2, and 3:
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Electives I
(9 hours)
Select three (3) courses from Groups 1-4.
Electives II
(3 hours)
Select one 500-level course not previously taken from Groups 1-4.
Electives III
(3 hours)
Select one studio art course.