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Art History

Bachelor of Art

Whether you are into Donatello, Pollock, or Thiebaud, art lovers have plenty of career path options with an art history degree. The bachelor of arts in art history is a wide-ranging degree designed to involve you with visuality in a variety of ways. As an art history major, you’ll be offered a varied curriculum that fosters 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.

As a graduate in art history, you’ll 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 graduates may continue their studies in academic areas such as art history, museum studies, and law.

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Program Details

Clarke’s art history offerings and required coursework are distinctive when compared to regional liberal arts colleges. Clarke is one of the few liberal arts colleges in the region to offer a BA degree in art history. The art history course offerings are comprehensive, including both Western and non-Western cultures. BFA studio degree students complete 18 credit hours in art history. This expands their art knowledge base and hones critical thinking, seeing, and writing skills. These are marketable strengths students can highlight when applying for graduate programs or professional positions.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

In addition to an application to Clarke, high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, freshman applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 examples of their work.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that shaped them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Louise Kames, MFA

Louise Kames, MFA

Chair and Professor of Art

I love to take students abroad and help them learn new things, such as how to navigate the Paris Metro or the London Tube. I encourage them to experience a sense of awe in unexpected places.

Jessie Rebik, MFA

Jessie Rebik, MFA

Associate Professor of Art

My ultimate goal is that, through developing their artist selves, students will become self-aware, empathetic, and have a clearer realization of who they aspire to become, as well as their relationship to their world.

Jessica Teckemeyer, MFA

Approaching course content with excitement adds to an energetic atmosphere. As a teaching artist, I share insights into the practices of a working artist. Through my dedication and accomplishments, students are inspired to find their artistic voice.

Eric Wold, MFA

Eric Wold, MFA

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

I believe that teaching graphic designs as a process-oriented activity helps students to develop life-long skills of thinking and tinkering; to establish habits that become practice; and to develop a process that maintains creative curiosity across disciplines and technologies.

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Our Students & Alumni

Staci Leens

Staci Leens

'17

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

'19

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

STUDIO ART/SCULPTURE '16

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.


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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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campus life

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

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Student body

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

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