Art with Art History Concentration (BA)

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Strengthen your understanding of culture, history, and architecture with an art degree from Indiana State. With a concentration in art history, you will prepare for careers with art museums, galleries, educational programs, and corporate collections.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with an Art History Concentration at Indiana State?

As an art major with a concentration in art history, you will explore diverse periods of artistic influence and build knowledge and appreciation of art’s past, present, and future.

Understand and Critique Art

Learn about different historical time periods in relation to art at Indiana State, including ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, and contemporary. Your studies are supported by art theory, art criticism, practical studio art experience, research, problem-solving, critical viewing, and oral, written, and visual communication.

Through the art history program, you will also meet visiting artists of national and international significance, work internships at museums and galleries, volunteer at Terre Haute’s Swope Museum, and gain hands-on curation experience in University galleries.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Indiana State's instructors are passionate about art and art history, and our small class sizes enable you to receive individualized instruction and mentorship from them. Our faculty are scholarly educators in art history who actively create artwork in their chosen media, including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, and printmaking.

Your professors will guide your field experiences during trips to museums, galleries, and studios, and they will provide you with instruction and resources for other hands-on learning activities.

Create Art in Our Art Studios

As an art history major, you will take visual art classes in our 70,000-square-foot Fine Arts Building. The fully equipped facility houses graphic design and computer art studios, classrooms, a Media Realization Center, and an art education facility. You will also take art classes in our designated studios for ceramics, drawing, painting, papermaking, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Our art studios are available to all art majors.

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What You'll Learn in the Art with Art History Concentration Program

The art major with an art history concentration provides a solid foundation in art and history. You will identify major art styles, movements, and significant artists while analyzing works of art through formal, theoretical, and critical perspectives. Your coursework will include writing scholarly research papers, and you will demonstrate an ability to discuss key works of art both orally and in writing.

You can complete our art with art history concentration bachelor’s degree in four years of full-time study.



Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Creative Scholarships

Indiana State offers several scholarships for creative art students. Explore these and other available scholarships in our scholarship portal.

Career Possibilities for Art with Art History Concentration Majors

Our graduates are often employed by museums, galleries, schools, arts administration firms, antique dealerships, and corporate collections. Sycamores also pursue graduate studies, most often in art history, museum studies, and art administration.

Demand for art history jobs is growing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment in art archival, curation, and museum jobs to grow 12% from 2021 to 2031, faster than average.

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Learn from This Artist

“I want my students to know they are part of the group by getting them involved, by being approachable and exposing them to contemporary and traditional artwork. My style is one that allows me to try to connect with students to better understand how they can bring their own experiences into their art. I also like to show students the possibilities that their art career can bring them.”

Professor and Department of Art and Design Chair Kira Enriquez Loya uses her passion for ceramics to mentor and inspire art students.

Read about Professor Loya’s art journey and her involvement with students.