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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History and Museum Studies degree program at Manhattanville College establishes the intellectual and practical skills students need to pursue careers in the art world and beyond.
Majoring in art history at Manhattanville, you’ll be just a half-hour away from New York City, one of the greatest cultural centers in the world. The bachelor’s in art history and museum studies degree provides opportunities to visit, study, and intern at world-class museums, galleries, libraries, and historical institutions. The networking opportunities are endless and will lay the foundation for future careers.
“New York City is one of the world’s greatest art centers…”
In Manhattanville College’s B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies, you’ll study works of art and architecture as products of their historical contexts, as aesthetic statements, and as vital documents of culture.
In addition to learning about artistic expressions from a variety of periods and genres, art history majors broaden their knowledge base through exploring how art is produced in terms of social systems, institutions, and through the study of world cultures. Students pursuing a bachelor’s in art history can also focus their studies to learn all about museum management, from museum education, non-profit financing and fundraising to curating exhibitions.
Whether you aim to apply to graduate art history degree programs or apply for jobs in art curation, sales, or art conservation, graduates of the B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies are trained to take an interdisciplinary, multifaceted approach to visual analysis and problem solving, which develops skills attractive to future employers.
Art history is an exciting, interdisciplinary field that examines the cultural, religious, political, literary, technological, and economic circumstances within which works of art are produced.
With this in mind, Manhattanville’s B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies curriculum was designed to combine art history courses with general education and liberal arts courses, ensuring graduates can convey their art history knowledge through sophisticated writing and research skills and through confident and articulate public speaking.
The bachelor’s degree in art history requires a minimum of 120 credits. Other requirements include:
Nine Art History and Museum Studies major courses (two over the 3000 level)
Manhattanville’s B.A. in Art History program offers unique opportunities to travel and learn from experts in the field as well as specialize your art history degree for employment or further study in museum curation, including:
Attending an annual lecture featuring eminent scholars in the field sponsored by the department’s Arthur M. Berger Fund, including the opportunity to network with guests
Access to nearby world-class museums, historical societies, galleries, libraries, and auction houses in NYC, Westchester County, and Connecticut
Two annual field trips are open to the Manhattanville community, where students travel to New York City museums and to special exhibitions and collections in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
In the Curatorial Seminar (MSTUD 3001), art history majors develop, research, write about, and implement a major exhibition on campus, preparing for a range of workplace experiences
In addition, faculty members of the art history program lead international study tours to Europe over spring break, allowing students to immerse themselves in the art and culture of places such as Ireland, Florence, Venice, and Rome.
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Through opportunities to learn from experts in the field and gain work experience, Manhattanville College’s Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies degree uniquely prepares graduates for careers in art history or graduate study in art history, curation, museum studies, or conservation.