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Art History

College of Arts & Sciences

Art History is the study of art and visual culture as instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression that operate in many arenas of history, tradition and the contemporary environment. Art history students have the opportunity to study a broad geographical, temporal and ethnic range of cultures to explore the variety of ways in which visual artifacts are used to express and convey the diverse values of society. Graduates with this degree pursue careers in fields such as business, media and communication, nonprofit, education, museum curation and technology.


Major category: Minimum requirements

Topic(s): Arts, Humanities and Design

Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

Art History is an open major. You may declare this major at any time after enrolling at the UW as long as you are in good academic standing. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: Entering transfer students may declare an Art History major by scheduling an appointment with the Art History adviser on or after their orientation/registration date.
Please contact the department for details about the application process.

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for admission.
  • Prior to transfer, students may email questions to

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • ART H 201
  • ART H 202
  • ART H 203
  • ART H 205
  • ART H 206
  • Courses in history, literature, anthropology, classics
  • Courses to enhance writing skills
  • Courses in foreign languages

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 48
Total from Washington community colleges: 13

Career outcomes

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