Art History & Visual Culture


Students of Art History and Visual Culture seek to investigate the production, form, and reception of images and objects, past and present, from a multi-cultural perspective, incorporating painting, sculpture, and architecture as conventionally defined by Art History but extending beyond these boundaries to material culture and a wide range of media.


Art History & Visual Culture Curriculum Map:

museum with paintings in intricate gold frames


Art History and Visual Culture poses questions regarding the social, economic, religious, philosophical and psychological influences affecting those who consume as well as those who produce images and objects. Broadly defined, we ask how values and beliefs are given material form and how these forms themselves can be interpreted. Cognate study provides additional opportunities to explore visual culture from the perspectives of a wide range of fields.  Many Art History students also enroll in the Museum Studies Minor and find employment and internship opportunities at the Broad MSU, the MSU Museum, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design Galleries.

What can I do with Art History & Visual Culture?

Graduates pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of history, culture, art, and design.

Alumni work at:

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Detroit Institute of Arts

State Office of Historic Preservation

Ford's Theatre

Iziko Social History Centre

College for Creative Studies

Bloomsbury Publishing

Alumni work as:

Interpretive Specialist for Digital Media

Exhibition Assistants

Preservation Specialists

Assistant Curators of European Art

Marketing Managers

Research Assistants

Art Handlers and Exhibitions Assistants