Career Development

Art History

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Art History and  find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being an Art History major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpretation skills
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal/Communication skills
  • Public speaking
  • Strong research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Analyzing
  • Self-discipline
  • Patience


  • Antiques Dealer
  • Archivist
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Exhibit Coordinator
  • Assistant Curator
  • Collections Assistant
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Development
  • Gallery Attendant
  • Gallery Owner
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Library Assistant
  • Museum Attendant
  • Museum Technician
  • Retail Management
  • Teacher


  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Auction Houses
  • Libraries
  • Publishing Houses
  • Retail Stores
  • Corporations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - Art Museum Network - American Alliance of Museums - National Art Education Association - Art Libraries Society of North America - Art History Network - College Art Association - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - The job board for Museums, Galleries and the Cultural Sector - Museum information and jobs - Nonprofit site, internships and jobs - About Art History - Jobs at Christies - News resources, tips and jobs for the art history field

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Updated 7/15

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