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BA Art History

Our Art History program at Portland State University offers a broad spectrum of courses covering art created in the earliest days of human culture to the contemporary art scene. You will delve into courses like Italian Renaissance Art, Chinese Painting, Islamic Art, and Latin American Women Artists, as well as thematic courses like Medieval Monsters and Nature into Art.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $666 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States) / Blended / Online

Through a bachelor’s degree in Art History program at Portland State University you will learn to look closely, think critically and communicate effectively about the world’s rich and diverse visual culture. We offer a flexible degree path and our dedicated faculty are eager to help you forge an individual course of study based on your interests and career goals.


A bachelor’s in art history prepares you for a variety of careers, providing key skills that are useful in both professional and life experiences. While some of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees, many choose careers in the arts, non-profit administration, and other business careers that depend on creative thinking and strong communication skills.

  • Museum or Gallery Curator
  • Corporate Curator
  • Writer and Editor
  • Cultural Specialist
  • Art Conservation and Restoration
  • Museum Marketing and Public Relations
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Dealer

Courses Included

  • Nature into Art
  • Medieval Monsters
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Latin American Baroque Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Chinese Buddhist Art
  • Art of War: Representing the Crusades
  • Modern Japanese Painting