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

By now it has become cliché to say our world is “saturated by images.” Understanding how art and visual culture are used and for what purposes puts our students at an immediate advantage in learning how to navigate the densely layered visual environment in which we live.

Our graduates go on to work in a host of fields associated with the visual arts, including galleries and museums. Many pursue advanced degrees in programs as diverse as American Studies, Material Culture, Public Policy, Library Sciences, Museum Studies and, of course, Art History. They learn how to discern useful information from effluvia by working hands-on with archival materials, historical texts, images and objects. Some choose to put the critical and creative skills they acquire through our program to use in other fields like publishing, culinary arts, politics, journalism, architecture and urban planning or even go on to work on the staff of the Vice President of the United States. In other words, a degree in Art History and Visual Culture Studies opens up an array of possibilities and opportunities, as opposed to channeling students into specific tracks or ways of thinking.

Many of our alumni have written about their experiences as art history and visual culture studies majors at Whitman and beyond, you can read about them on our Reflections from Alumni page

Career, Internship and Job Opportunities

Career Options in Art History and Visual Culture (from UCSC)

American Alliance of Museums Job Board

Association of Art Museum Curators: Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

Museum Jobs

Sage Malecki '18 explores Carlos Cruz-Diez's installation "Chromosaturation" at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2017.