School of Liberal Arts

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 30021     CIP: 50.1002   

The major in Art History and Museum Professions prepares students for positions in museums and other art institutions, with a focus on collections management, development, education, public relations, rights and reproductions, visitor services, special events, and exhibitions. Students in the program are required to pursue a one-semester internship with an arts-related institution or organization. Students must have taken HA 112 or equivalent prior to entering the program. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAHA 111 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Ancient Prehistory Through the Middle Ages
  or HA 121 - Cities and Civilizations: The Eastern Mediterranean World, c. 3000 BCE-1000 CE*
MP 361 - History and Meaning of Museum3
RELATED AREAFA 117 - Traditional Techniques in the Fine Arts2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
choice - any 200- or 300-level EN course3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAHA 231 - Modern Art*3
MP 307 - Professional Practicum for Art Museums and Galleries3
MP 362 - Museum Professions and Administration3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
GENERAL ELECTIVEchoice - see General Elective(s)2-3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAHA 331 - Contemporary Art and Culture: 1945 to the Present *3
HA 411 - Western Theories of Art3
MP 409 - Art and Museum Law3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/HA Other World Civilizations3
RELATED AREAAC 322 - Publicity/Public Relations for Visual Arts Management3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/American History3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAHA 462 - Art and Ethics3
MP 300 - A Digital Art History3
MP 461 - Senior Seminar: Museum Exhibition3
RELATED AREAIC 497 - Senior Internship: Career Planning3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts Elective(s)3
 Total Credits: 61-62

*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

  • Liberal Arts: 15 credits 
  • English: 3 credits. CHOICE of any 200- or 300-level EN course
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)
  • American History: 3 credits. CHOICE of any course that meets the General  Education American History requirement (G10)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(s): 3 credits. AB (Arabic); CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media Studies); FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) HE 201, HE 301IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); MU (Music); PE (Physical Education and Dance) PE 215, PE 216, PE 217PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences). See Liberal Arts Courses.

Upon successful completion of the Art History and Museum Professions BS program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in art historical research and writing, employing the major methodologies of art historical scholarship, and the ability to apply these skills to a range of projects fundamental to art institutions.
  2. Articulate the history, theory, and cultural roles of museums and collecting from an international perspective.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the organization and operation of art institutions, including exhibition planning, collections management, communications, education, community outreach, and development.
  4. Analyze the actions of art institutions in relation to the expectations, needs and desires of the various communities they serve.