Garden Fresco from the Villa of Livia in Rome, Italy

»Frequently Asked Questions

+-1. What sorts of careers can I go into with a degree in art history?

Art history is a very versatile major: its emphasis on supplemental studies, such as history, English, and foreign languages, make art historians employable in a variety of fields. Majors have gone on to find success in a wide range of careers, from art appraisal for auction houses to staffing museums, from art law to teaching. For a more complete list of possible careers, see the Careers section on our Professional Opportunities page.

+-2. What does it take to complete the art history major?

The Art History major is a 48 credit major consisting of 21 credits of required courses, 21 credits of electives and 6 credits of studio classes. A link to the course listing and art history Tracking Sheet can be found here.

+-3. What is the art history minor?

The Art History minor is a 24 credit minor consisting of 6 credits of required courses and 18 credits of elective courses. A minor in Art History is designed for students seeking a broad exposure to the arts as an integral part of their liberal arts degree. The program allows them to experiment and develop their own voice and approach, while also allowing a wide range of possibilities for double majors and for minors in other disciplines. A link to the tracking sheet for the art history minor can be found here.

+-4. What does the senior thesis consist of?

The Senior Thesis is an advanced research and writing project for qualified senior art history majors on any topic of special interest within the discipline of art history.  The student identifies a research problem and constructs an original argument based on research and visual evidence. The final project should show a command of the relevant scholarship, a clear grasp of visual analysis, and the ability to construct and defend an original thesis on the basis of these skills.  Each student chooses a faculty member of his/her choice to supervise the thesis, as well as a second reader. The thesis will be approximately 20-25 pages in length (5,000-6,000 words) and use the Chicago style (link to library website). The graduating art history majors must defend their senior thesis projects before a faculty panel at the end of their senior year. For more information on subjects our students have researched in the past, and examples of their work, please visit the Student Research page.

+-5. How do art history and study abroad coincide?

Study abroad can be a wonderful opportunity for art history majors to broaden their knowledge of art through real life, hands on experience. art history majors have taken advantage of the many study abroad opportunities Chapman offers by spending semesters in cultural capitals such as Paris, Florence and Berlin, as well as by taking specifically art history centered travel courses, such as the interterm trip to Italy, generally lead by an art history professor. Certain classes taken during study abroad can also be credited as an elective towards your major.  For more information about study abroad, please see our study abroad page, or visit the Center for Global Education.

+-6. Can I get credit for an internship?

Yes! Students can receive three credits towards the completion of their major through participation in internships at any art museum or other art-related institution. An internship is not required for the completion of the art history major, but is strongly encouraged as they often lead to important connections and the possibility of future employment. For more information on possible internships and to see where our previous students have interned, please see the Internships page.

+-7. What are the connections to the art world like in Orange and the surrounding area?

Orange Country is a great location from which one can explore the art world in and around Southern California. Orange County itself is home to many art museums including the Orange Country Museum of Art, the Bowers Museum and the Laguna Art Museum, while nearby LA Country is home to the LA Country Museum of Art, MOCA, the Norton Simon, the Getty Museum and the Getty Villa, and thriving art communities. For a more complete listing is museums in and around the area, please see our Resources page.
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