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Art History Minor

Enrich your undergraduate degree program with an Art History minor at the University of Central Missouri. Designed to build your analytical, writing and research skills, this flexible, interdisciplinary minor offers an enjoyable way to hone the core competencies most valued by future employers and graduate schools.

UCM Art History courses encourage you to look to the past for new perspectives on the present. Whether you’re learning about historical monuments or the roots of an aesthetic movement, you’ll find connections to the larger world around us. Broaden your frame of reference further with faculty-led trips abroad and opportunities to delve into graduate-level research.

A customizable Art History minor

Nearly any major at UCM can be enhanced with this versatile minor program. Once you’ve met the requirements for the Art History minor, we encourage you to explore courses that knit your interests together or open up new horizons. You’ll graduate with a well-rounded worldview and sought-after, transferable job skills.

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What you will study

The structure of the UCM Art History minor enables you to explore related interests beyond the core art history classes. Students earning a minor in Art History might choose to pursue anthropology or graphic or interior design, for example, or to study abroad to experience art in its country of origin.

Another option available to Art History minors is independent study with a faculty mentor — an excellent way to strengthen advanced research and presentation skills in preparation for graduate school.

Coursework for your minor in Art History is highly customizable. Your classes might include:

  • Global Arts and Culture
  • Globalization and Culture
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Art in Theory: Contemporary Practice
  • Twentieth Century Art and Architecture


Excellence in Art History

  • The Art program at the University of Central Missouri has been continuously accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 1986.


Unique learning opportunities in art history

A minor in Art History at the University of Central Missouri reflects our values of student-centered, hands-on learning. Take advantage of many opportunities to grow by doing, exploring and experiencing, including:

  • Study abroad: Learning about historically significant works of art is an academic enterprise; seeing them in person is a transformative one. Visit museums and significant sites in Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome and more. Fees are kept as low as possible, and many scholarships for studying abroad are available. 
  • Museum curation: Learn the fundamentals of object preservation and maintenance. Practice handling and labeling, contextual research and even packing objects for shipping.
  • Museum visits: Get behind-the-scenes tours of sites such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia or a graphic design studio doing museum work. 
  • Student connection: Join one of UCM’s many art-focused campus groups, such as the Student Artist Coalition or the student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. These activities can add dimension to your minor in Art History.


What can you do with a minor in Art History from UCM?

If you’re curious about the world, an Art History minor will equip you to explore it more fully. You’ll learn to look at work in different ways and to question what you see, making you an invaluable contributor to any team. 

Minoring in Art History at UCM is an excellent way to boost “soft” skills such as communication and critical thinking, which are crucial to academic and career success. You’ll be better prepared for graduate school, as well as for employment in your chosen field.

Jobs for Art History Minors

Use our interactive tool below to explore Art History-related career trends and outlooks, keeping in mind that UCM’s program will provide a boost to any academic or career path you choose.




Financial assistance options for your Art History minor

The University of Central Missouri believes a high-quality education should be accessible to all. Our low tuition rates, generous financial aid and commitment to low student debt make your UCM undergraduate degree a smart investment in your future. By adding a minor in Art History to your degree program, you’ll be maximizing the value of your undergraduate education. 

Financial aid options at UCM include grants, scholarships, loans, work-study roles and more. You’ll work with a financial aid advisor to determine a package that best meets your needs. 

While the University of Central Missouri offers many financial aid options to all students, some funds are reserved for specific degree programs. Find out what additional scholarships you may qualify for based on your major or other criteria by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.




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The University of Central Missouri’s art programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM has been continuously accredited since 1986.


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