Art historians and archaeologists seek to understand different cultures by studying their artistic monuments and other material remains. By looking closely at objects within their historical, social, and technological contexts, students develop skills of visual perception and analysis as ways of exploring how images can express identity, share information, and shape everyday life. This integrative approach to cultural traditions draws readily on other disciplines like art, anthropology, classics, film studies, gender studies, history, languages, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. While the BA is not a vocational or professional degree, undergraduate majors gain a broad foundation in the liberal arts that is readily adapted to future goals. Recent graduates of the program have gone on to careers in art galleries, civic arts organizations, cultural heritage offices, historical archives and museums, journalism, library and information sciences, secondary education, and fine arts conservation. Students wishing to pursue specialized research and college-level teaching continue their studies at the masters and doctoral levels.
Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: