Using Your ARTH Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Art History degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Art History, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a degree of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Applying what you've learned in the study of Art History

As an art history major at Mason, you'll investigate works of art to learn about how and why they were made, and about the people who made them. You'll study art as a record of its historical moment by understanding not only the artwork's aesthetic qualities, but also the way art influences and is influenced by culture, technology, and economics. With this knowledge, our students go on to work in museums, arts institutions, and galleries, as well as in government and managerial positions. They also pursue further studies in fields including art history, library science, design technology, historic preservation and fashion.

Art history students know...

  • a broad range of artistic traditions and processes from across the globe, in their historical and cultural frameworks and as they evolve through time, through historical coursework
  • how to operate with confidence in the professional world of museums and arts institutions through exposure via coursework, supplemented by any internship and travel experiences abroad
  • how to read primary and secondary historical sources critically
  • how to construct arguments in academic writing
  • How to use objects to better understand the past and the present.

Art history students can...

  • interpret a culture’s values and beliefs, showing visual literacy and using current modes of critical and theoretical thought
  • demonstrate facility with online image and archival databases
  • reach evidence-based conclusions about works of art and conduct historical research
  • analyze the visual and material characteristics of art objects
  • explore the impact of technology on the dissemination and reception of visual objects
  • explain, classify, and catalog artifacts.
  • describe and present research about historical topics to an audience using audio-visuals, through directed research seminars
  • recommend actions related to historical art, such as which items to add to a collection or which items to display in an exhibit.