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Art History

Art History classes foster a critical understanding of the aesthetics, creation, support, and consumption of art. Courses examine art history from a wide variety of cultures, time periods, and geographies through multiple approaches and methodologies.

Classes in Art History will help you find employment opportunities in commercial art galleries, art publications, and museums. Career options include positions such as arts managers; archivists; curators; fine artists; museum technicians and conservators; and art, drama, and music teachers. Or, art history classes may lead students to pursue their studies in academic areas such as art history, museum studies, and law.

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But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Staci Leens

Staci Leens


My favorite part of studying art history is that every day I know my creative intelligence will always be pushed to its limits.

Molly Becker

Molly Becker


I love the architecture and historic buildings on Clarke’s campus. Eliza Kelly Hall is what sold me. It’s SO beautiful.

Hannah Goldsmith

Hannah Goldsmith


When I first came to Clarke, I was shy and introverted. The professors encouraged me to go beyond the classroom to visit local exhibits and galleries, as well as submit my work to various shows.

Student to professor ratio

Students work one-on-one with art professors who are practicing artists, well-known in their fields.

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Clarke University sits on a beautiful 55-acre campus overlooking the Mississippi River.

Student body

Clarke’s students come from 27 states and six countries.

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