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.
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.
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.
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.
Program in Pictures
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.
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.
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.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
My favorite part of studying art history is that every day I know my creative intelligence will always be pushed to its limits.
I love the architecture and historic buildings on Clarke’s campus. Eliza Kelly Hall is what sold me. It’s SO beautiful.
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.
Students work one-on-one with art professors who are practicing artists, well-known in their fields.
Clarke University sits on a beautiful 55-acre campus overlooking the Mississippi River.
Clarke’s students come from 27 states and six countries.