Art History

Western Michigan University's art history program emphasizes a necessary multicultural approach. WMU faculty present a diverse array of perspectives and areas, including Asian, African, Native American and Western, covering periods from prehistoric to contemporary. If you decide to study art history at WMU, you will be encouraged to explore this field outside of the classroom through internships with regional art organizations and study abroad.

Beyond the classroom

As an art student at WMU, you will benefit from the free exhibitions, special events and visiting artists programs sponsored by the Frostic School of Art.

You will also become familiar with the three large gallery spaces that make up the Richmond Center for Visual Arts. The Monroe-Brown Gallery is used for temporary exhibitions; the Netzorg-Kerr Permanent Collection Gallery houses special exhibits from the school's permanent collection; the Atrium Gallery is dedicated to sound and video art; and the DeVries Student Art Gallery is reserved for student and alumni exhibitions. A calendar of year-round public events allows thousands to learn about and enjoy regional and national modern and contemporary art.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in art history are working as:

  • Teachers
  • Museum curators
  • Artists

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Museums
  • Universities and colleges
  • Public and private foundations
  • Schools

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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