After Sweet Briar

students around a table Students participate in a critical study of the state of artifacts in the permanent collection.

What can you do with a degree in art history?

A degree in Art History can open the doors to a variety of fascinating careers, including:

  • Museum curator
  • University professor
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Art therapist
  • Auction house employee
  • Gallery employee
  • Auctioneer
  • Antiques dealer
  • Art librarian
  • Art critic/journalist
  • Editor
  • Conservationist
  • Art appraiser
  • Freelance writer/researcher
  • Art lawyer

Additionally, the skills gained from the study of art history allow majors to work in or outside the field. Graduates can be found in law, international policy, NGO administration, library science, and medicine.

Sweet Briar art history graduates work at museums around the world, in every area from curating to administration. They are also teaching and running art galleries.

Many art history majors and minors pursue graduate work. Our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at Harvard, University of Chicago, Georgetown, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Michigan, UT Austin, University of Virginia, University of Edinburgh, and Courtauld Institute of Art, London. 

To explore more: What Can I do With a Degree in Art History?