History of Art

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is History of Art?

Illinois offers two distinct majors related to art history. The History of Art major in LAS, which results in a Bachelor of Arts degree, focuses on liberal arts courses, including literature and history. You’ll analyze and interpret visual cultures, both past and present, from around the globe. You'll learn skills that will help you in understanding a world based on visual communication. You’ll examine art, artifacts, and environments produced by contemporary and historical societies. You'll learn skills to appropriately research, write, and speak about your findings.

Career Options

  • Art conservation
  • Art history
  • Design theory
  • Education
  • Museum work
  • Research

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

58% employed after graduation

21% attending graduate school

4% volunteering

$35,560 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: AbbVie, Caterpillar, CRC Insurance Services View All

Sample grad school destinations: Northwestern University, New York University, University of Chicago View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.3 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

75% four-year graduation rate

89% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770