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What is art history?

Art history focuses on the visual arts and their role in society and culture. Art history offers both a comprehensive insight into human cultural development as well as a uniquely challenging area of study that integrates rigorous analysis with creativity and interpretive thought.

Why art history at OSU?

Focusing on the visual arts, art history offers you comprehensive insight into society and human cultural development. Our highly-active faculty exhibit nationally and internationally, and produce scholarly work that is consistently cited for excellence. The Gardiner Gallery of Art and the Oklahoma State Museum of Art offer you opportunities to get hands-on experience working as interns, docents and curators.

Career Paths

A degree in the arts allows you to develop strong communication skills – written, spoken and visual – and gives you experience in problem solving and analysis. Art students develop the ability to manage multiple projects and work successfully in groups. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:


Angus describing his time as an Art HIstory student at OSU

“You get something visual with Art History, letting you into people’s subconscious, rather than reading what they consciously wrote down. You can get into the mind of someone who died hundreds of years ago just by looking at what they created. And that is completely fascinating.”

- Angus Henderson
Art History Alumni

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