Art History


Your Future In Art History

Are you passionate about preserving art for future generations? Art historians enhance our understanding of art and material culture and its place within society through their research. Studying the art and architecture of diverse world cultures and periods, they reveal the historical, social and cultural significance art holds for its creators and users.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of North Texas will prepare you for a variety of careers related to art history and provide a solid foundation for further work toward a master’s or doctorate degree. Most art historians hold graduate degrees. With an advanced degree, you can pursue a career as a(n):

  • art researcher
  • gallery worker
  • museum professional
  • teacher at the university level
  • Writer or editor for an art publication

What we offer

The Art History program enhances your understanding of past and contemporary visual art forms. We teach you about global artistic production, relevant technologies, critical methods, learning theories and innovative approaches.

Administered by the Department of Art Education and Art History, the program provides classes that focus on:

  • visual and material culture of the late antique and medieval periods in Europe, the Islamic world and South Asia
  • visual and material culture in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas from the 16th to the 21st centuries
  • historiography, methodology and theory of art and visual and material culture since 1900

Faculty members have a wide range of specialties in art and architecture from different time periods and cultures, including art of the Americas, European art and architecture, Islamic and Middle Eastern art, Modern and Contemporary art, and South Asian art and architecture.

In addition, our expert faculty members address issues of colonialism, post-colonialism, geography, ritual and spatial analysis, race, gender and sexuality. They have distinguished themselves through quality teaching, research and numerous publications and presentations.

In addition to gaining hands-on experience working in the UNT Art Gallery, the university is located near major art museums and numerous galleries in Dallas and Fort Worth. These facilities can provide valuable resources and experiences to enhance your knowledge beyond classroom instruction.

We also provide opportunities to study abroad, allowing you to gain firsthand knowledge of some of the world’s artistic masterpieces.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings art majors who live on campus together to enhance academic and social experiences.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your degree.

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation’s most comprehensive visual arts schools and is one of the best in the Southwest. We have state-of-the-art facilities that include:

  • the Visual Resources Center with 65,000 digital images and more than 1,000 films
  • computer labs with new technology and cutting-edge hardware and software
  • the Cora Stafford Gallery, providing 2,200 square feet of exhibition space
  • 150,000 square feet of specialized classrooms, studios and galleries
  • the UNT Art Gallery, which offers 2,500 square feet of exhibition space and a permanent collection of 182 works with a lending collection of 974

What to expect

You will need to meet the College of Visual Arts and Design’s admission requirements to be qualified as a pre-major. These requirements are in addition to the ones administered by the university.

Being admitted to the Art History program requires completing Art Appreciation, and Art History Survey I and II. Once admitted, you will take a variety of advanced-level art history courses that include one course in art history methodologies and an art history capstone course.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.