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Art History

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Seaver College's art history program prepares students for the global, connected, and dynamically changing world of the twenty-first century. Our students learn to place art in its comprehensive historical context, to assess art and the field of art history critically and analytically, to master research, writing, and presentation skills, and to foster community engagement in art through outreach and education. 

Bachelor of Arts in Art History 

In preparation for leadership roles in art history and related areas, our program challenges students to examine works of art from multiple perspectives, encouraging students to develop an appreciation for diverse cultures and the vital role that art plays in human expression across time and space.

Minor in Art History

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A minor in art history is an excellent complement to many majors, especially for those interested in art-related careers in business, law, conservation, cultural heritage, arts education, non-profit, and more.



Student Opportunities

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum

The Weisman is an on-campus museum that offers exhibitions of historic and contemporary art by internationally recognized artists and also offers students a chance to gain firsthand experience in museum work.

Learn more about the Weisman Museum

Art History Student Society

The Art History Student Society is a student run organization that offers opportunities throughout the year to explore Los Angeles' artistic resources while enhancing student collegiality and success through a variety of programs, including a Career Night.

Art History Lecture Series

The Art History Lecture Series invites prominent scholars to present their research on a variety of art historical and archaeological subjects. Offered several times throughout the year, the lectures introduce students to current scholarship and career paths in art history.

Learn more and view upcoming lecture dates

Service Learning in Art History

As part of their coursework, students work with children from local schools to present interactive lessons that foster an appreciation of art and archaeology. Service projects provide valuable opportunities for students to synthesize and apply their knowledge of art history while serving the needs of the community.

Careers in Art History

The study of Art History prepares students for a variety of careers in museums, galleries, auction houses, education, research, conservation, preservation, art-related non-profits, publishing, and more. A B.A. in Art History is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in archaeology, art business, conservation, architecture, museum studies, museum education, library science, and historic preservation. Art History majors are highly competitive for professional programs in law, business, and arts management.

Art History Student Internships

The Pepperdine University campus is conveniently located in the greater Los Angeles area near world class art institutions such as the Getty, the Huntington Library and Gardens, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norton Simon Museum, and Christie's Auction House. Our central location allows students to gain firsthand experience through visits, hands-on seminars with museum curators, and internships. Internships are strongly encouraged and supported. Here are just some of the institutions where our students have interned:

  • British Museum, London, U.K.
  • Christie's, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Perugia, Italy
  • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
  • de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine
  • Getty Center, Brentwood, CA
  • Getty Villa, Malibu, CA
  • Guggenheim, NY
  • Hackett Mill Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Houston Museum of Art, Houston, Texas
  • IGavel Online Auction House
  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • National Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
  • Partridge Fine Art Gallery, London, U.K.
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
  • Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
  • Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

Recommended International Study

Studying abroad is an excellent complement to a degree in Art History, as there is no greater learning experience than to view art firsthand in its cultural context. Complete your fine arts requirement and obtain valuable experience for your art and art history major while taking courses in Florence through our partnership with Studio Art Centers International (SACI).

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