When pursuing an Art History degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, you’re not simply learning isolated, arcane facts. Instead, you’ll actively integrate diverse bodies of knowledge into cohesive projects, by studying textual documents and material artifacts, researching and interpreting original sources, and gaining a broad understanding of historical, cultural and social frameworks. In addition, you’ll develop the skills necessary to prepare you for graduate school or careers in a growing field, including knowledge of foreign language and project management.
All Art History faculty have earned doctorates in art history from highly regarded institutions. They have the perfect combination of teaching and research experience, and are eager to share their insights with you.
MSUM Art History alumni are highly successful in their careers and are making an impact with what they do. Some enter graduate programs following graduation, while others enter the workforce straightaway. Our alumni hold positions in museums, galleries, corporate art collections, archives, schools and historical societies, among others.
Our students have access to various museum collections, archives and prestigious internships, all which give you a leg up in your search for a career following graduation.
The Art History degree will prepare you exceptionally well for the career of your choosing. Mandatory studio art courses will provide you with deeper insight to materials and methods in art, while the thesis requirement provides intensive research, project management and public speaking experience; skills essential for employers.
Art Student Success Stories
Elysa Christensen’s interest in MSUM was first sparked when she participated in the university’s annual Art-A-Fair. As a college senior, she now helps high school students find that passion.
For Chloe Flynn, making valuable connections in MSUM’s SMART Start program helped ease the transition from high school to college.
Gary Johnson '88 has received the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award for making significant contributions to his community by using his passion for computers.
Enhance your education outside of the classroom by exploring the world of art in regional, national and international art galleries, museums and more. Study abroad, take a day trip to a museum, or land an internship with a respected visual arts organization.