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Art History and Museum Studies is the quintessential Liberal Arts major. It pulls from multiple disciplines — history, art, literature, anthropology, philosophy — to understand, study and preserve our culture. Most art history and museum jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree and our program will prepare you to transfer to the four-year institution of your choice. Art history survey courses, such as History of Western Art 1  & 2, provide the foundational knowledge you need while allowing you to choose electives in areas that interest you most, such as architecture, folk art, photography and tribal culture. Highlights of the Art History and Museum Studies program include on-campus, expert lectures and field trips to nationally-renowned museums to experience artworks of historical significance in person.

Transfer Degrees

The Visual Arts department is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this major. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique, Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Art History and Museum Studies, Visual Arts Transfer, A.A.

The Art History/Museum Studies major is designed to help students transfer to a university where they will continue their education. Art history survey courses, such as History of Western Art 1 & 2, give students the foundational knowledge they need while allowing them to choose electives and dive deeper into areas they find most interesting.


Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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What can you do with a degree in Art History and Museum Studies?

This degree is designed to help you transfer to a four-year university. Art History graduates are highly valued by employers for their ability to analyze and interpret information, think critically, and communicate effectively. Art historians are trained to work as gallery and museum curators, art conservation and preservation specialists. Rewarding careers can also be found in architectural firms, graphic and web design agencies, auction houses, or in the advertising industry. Most companies, whether a large corporation or a small nonprofit, will appreciate the problem solving skills and visual awareness of an Art History graduate. For information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Related Studies

If Art History and Museum Studies sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these areas is a better fit.