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Art History


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

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About Art History

The Art History Concentration provides a strong foundation in the field of art history, with courses in contemporary art, American art history, European art, African art, alongside foundational courses that introduce students to European and “non-western” traditions. The concentration includes an internship requirement, and students have interned at professional art galleries, museums and non-profits. The Capstone class, Advanced Research in Art History, allows the student to do a semester-long research project on a work of art in an area museum and to present their research to a group of peers. The Art History Concentration prepares students to go on to graduate school in art history, or to careers in museums, galleries, cultural institutions and the private sector.

Classes you can take:

Basic Sculpture, Gallery Management and Curating, Histories and Concepts of 20th Century Art, Art Since 1945, Africa and Cinema, American Art I: Contact to 1865, American Art: 1865-1945, European Avant-Garde Art & Design

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Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

Job Title
Art Directors
Set and Exhibit Designers
Conservation Scientists
Museum Technicians and Conservators

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Success Stories
Hands-On Learning

The concentration’s emphasis on writing, research and critical thinking make it an excellent foundation for any future career. Two full-time faculty teach courses in art history, occasionally supplemented by adjuncts with particular specializations. Ramapo Gallery Director Sydney Jenkins teaches the course Gallery Management and Curating periodically, preparing art history concentrators and others for internships in arts professions. Professors integrate museum trips and visits to galleries into each course, allowing students to take advantage of the wealth of arts resources nearby.