What can I do with a minor in art history?

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  • Art Interpreter
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Exhibition Development
  • Traveling Exhibits Manager
  • Historical Interpreter
  • Content Development-Expansion Strategist
  • Development & Marketing Coordinator
  • Marketing Specialist

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Museums & Galleries:
  • Administration
  • Curatorial
  • Preservation
  • Restoration
  • Exhibit design/preparation
  • Archive management
  • Education
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Public Relations


  • Art Museums
  • Archives
  • Historical societies
  • Natural history museums
  • Living history museums
  • Galleries


Sample occupations
  • Gain relevant experience through internships or volunteer positions in museums or galleries.
  • Visit museums around the country and world to gain exposure to art.
  • Learn a foreign language or study abroad.
  • Most art historians specialize in a period or region.
  • Acquire strong skills in research, fundraising, speaking, writing, and attention to detail.
  • Develop interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well on teams.

Art Sales:
  • Appraisal
  • Sales
  • Antiques dealing
  • Art authentication
  • Public relations


  • Self-employed
  • Art dealers
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Auction houses
  • Interior design firms
Sample occupations
  • Learn to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  • Prepare to work independently and be self- motivated.
  • Obtain sales experience through internships or summer and part-time jobs.
  • Volunteer in museums, membership drives, local galleries, auction houses, and community outreach programs.


  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Library/Information sciences
  • Visual Resources curating
  • Community education
  • Educational program coordinator
  • Public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Art and design schools
  • Art libraries
  • Museums


Sample occupations
  • Develop excellent speaking, writing, and research skills.
  • Learn how to develop curriculum and workshops and how to use multimedia.
  • Obtain degree and certification in art education for public school teaching.
  • Seek campus leadership positions
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Freelance writing
  • Art criticism
  • Set design
  • Costuming
  • Website design


  • Newspapers
  • Art magazines and journals
  • Textbook or commercial publishing houses
  • Production companies


Sample occupations
  • Develop excellent writing and editing skills along with knowledge of the history and culture of art.
  • Learn web design skills to prepare for online work. This area of journalism is growing while print is declining.
  • Become comfortable working in a deadline-oriented atmosphere.
  • Work with campus or local newspapers, TV, or radio stations.
  • Create a portfolio of work samples, especially those that have been published.
  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public relations
  • Development
  • Research
  • Grant writing
  • Direct service


  • Local and national nonprofit agencies
  • Foundations
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Historic sites
  • Historical societies


Sample occupations
  • Gain experience through volunteering or completing an internship.
  • Obtain leadership roles in relevant campus and community organizations.
  • Develop strong communication and research skills.
  • Learn how to write grants.
  • Earn a graduate degree for more job opportunities and advancement.
  • Public affairs
  • Writing/Editing
  • Museum work
  • Curating
  • Development


  • State arts agencies
  • Local, state, and national councils for the arts
  • Historical commissions
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Libraries and archives
  • Endowments/Grant making agencies
  • Cultural affairs agencies


Sample occupations
  • Complete an internship with the federal government.
  • Earn a graduate degree for advancement.
  • Become familiar with the government application process.
  • Develop a network of contacts through informational interviews and referrals.


  • Management
  • Sales
  • Public relations
  • Market research
  • Creative design


  • Wholesalers
  • Manufacturers
  • Real estate agencies
  • Consulting firms


Sample occupations
  • Develop strong analytical, verbal, and writing skills.
  • Gain experience in an area of interest through internships or other employment.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Gain computer skills for databases, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Be prepared to start in entry level positions.

General information and strategies

  • Gain as much relevant experience as possible through volunteer positions and internships.
  • You may need to relocate to the larger markets of metropolitan areas where more opportunities exist.
  • Join art-related professional and student organizations.
  • Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing, and other related areas to increase marketability.
  • Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques.
  • Often research and nonprofit organizations must be funded in this manner.
  • Seek exposure to art by visiting museums around the country and world. Learn about world history, cultures, and languages.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for these areas.
  • Develop excellent writing and editing skills along with knowledge of the history and culture of art.