Art History

Hands-on experience

Herron has a strong connection to local and regional museums, allowing for site visits and myriad opportunities to grow your professional art history skills. Internship opportunities can be found throughout Indianapolis at galleries and institutions, such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indiana State Museum.

Extensive research

Our accomplished faculty will guide you in formulating ideas, conducting research, critically evaluating information, and presenting a conclusion. You will become fluent in various methods of visual analysis, historical research, and theoretical perspective.

Our art history faculty use the cultural resources of the urban environment as opportunities for our students to have first-hand experiences with art, and to understand how art functions in the public sphere.

Jean Robertson, Chancellor's professor emerita of art history


  • Herron Art Library, containing a broad range of research materials
  • IU library system and research databases
  • Intercampus delivery for library collections on all IU campuses
  • Interlibrary loan with access to sources across the continent
  • Artstor Digital Library

Professional opportunities

Art history majors are boundary crossers. You will learn how to navigate the world with strong cultural literacy and connect the dots across time periods, territories and cultures. Life after Herron could lead to a career in museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations as well as fields outside the arts.

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • Arts administrator
  • Educator
  • Art historian
  • Gallery manager
  • Curator
  • Research fellow
  • Fine art consultant
  • Fine art appraiser
  • Journalist
  • Education coordinator
  • Exhibitions or collections manager
  • Conservator
  • Museum technician
  • Archivist