The Value of Art History (media links)

A group of students seated in a gallery as a professor speaks before a group of paintings
A group of students listen as a professor speaks in front of a silver geometric sculpture

Recent Articles

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

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

" 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 (

" 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."


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."

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