The Value of Art History (media links)

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15 Useful Skills You Learn As An Art History Major (Business Insider)

To Succeed in Business, Major in Art History (Huffington Post)

"...art history is your path to decoding our visual world [...] you can make money as an expert in imagery."

The art of learning: Why art history might be the most important subject you could study today (Salon.com)

"...how to see through mindsets different from our own, sympathetically and with the understanding that doing so reveals truths about what we see, and about ourselves. [...]This could not be more relevant today, with messages, overt and covert, presented in speeches, the television news, promotional videos, body language..."

Why should I study art history? (ThoughtCo)

"Because art history hones your skills; Because our world is becoming more and more visual; Because art history is YOUR history."

What to do with a degree in art history (The Guardian)

"Other careers [besides museums, galleries, and auction houses] include arts administrator, archivist, museum education officer, picture editor or researcher, journalist, teacher or lecturer, exhibition or events organiser and antiques dealer."

Liberal Arts in the Data Age (Harvard Business Review)

"From Silicon Valley to the Pentagon, people are beginning to realize that to effectively tackle today’s biggest social and technological challenges, we need to think critically about their human context—something humanities graduates happen to be well trained to do."

Study finds Humanities majors well prepared for success (American Academy of Arts and Sciences)

"In a world where our graduates will change jobs 10-12 times during their working lives, often taking on roles we can’t yet even imagine, the humanities provide ideal preparation...In our humanities majors, students gain fundamental skills in critical reading and thinking and in clear communication; they also develop awareness of past trends and cultural challenges that help to inform current and future cultural and workplace decision-making. In the humanities, students graduate with the skills and awareness to adapt quickly and effectively to a changing job market, and to succeed in the positions they take on."


Data-Based Evidence: Value of Humanities Majors

Humanities Majors Outperform their Peers in Several Measures

  • Higher average scores on LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT exams compared to all other majors
  • Higher medical acceptance rate than majors in the biological, social, and physical sciences

Employers Seek the Skills That Humanities Majors Develop

  • More than 80% of employers want the skills that humanities majors cultivate: critical thinking and analytical reasoning; written and oral communication
  • Nearly 60% of humanities majors have jobs that involve managing or supervising