Art History


What is Art History?

Illinois offers two distinct majors related to art history. The Art History major in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, which results in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, focuses on the study of the visual arts. It combines historical academic courses with studio and design courses in a curriculum that includes experience in making art along with the study of its history. With faculty committed to helping you develop skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing, you might help design an exhibition for our art museum or research a 15th-century manuscript in our Rare Book and Manuscript Library during your course of study. You must submit a portfolio before being accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Art history & criticism
  • Art investment
  • Art law
  • Curation
  • Gallery work
  • Government work
  • Lecturing
  • Library work
  • Museum work
  • Preservation & conservation
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

79% employed or continuing education

72% employed after graduation

7% attending graduate school

$37,737 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Archdiocese Of Chicago, Casting House, Caterpillar

Sample grad school destinations: Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Depaul University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

29 - 32 ACT Score

1310 - 1470 SAT Score

3.22 - 3.76 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246