College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Art History

Admire beauty? Like history? The art history degree from the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University immerses you in the depth and breadth of Western art history. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary art and studying the roles and representation of women in art history.

what can I do with a degree in Art History?

When you major in art history degree at St. Kate's, you will develop creative thinking skills, observational aptitude, and the ability to look at issues from multiple perspectives. These skills will prepare you for a variety of careers in art and art history, including:

  • Academia and education
  • Art galleries and museums
  • Auction houses
  • Graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer
  • Interior design and architecture

You will also be prepared for graduate work in art history and museum studies.

what will I study?

At St. Kate's, the art history major is unique because studio art courses are a requirement, so you experience how art is created. Studio art faculty frequently share their expertise with art history majors in the studio, and art history faculty lead museum and gallery tours to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center with studio art majors.

Introductory art history classes will give you a foundation in the visual arts from the Stone Age to the present — and from different global perspectives and societies. Each semester, professional artists come to campus for one-week residencies to share their perspectives and work with students.

In addition to traditional art studios, St. Kate’s has a photography and state-of-the-art computer lab, and the Visual Resources Library has more than 30,000 images and access to ArtStor, a global, digital image bank.

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery is known for showcasing women artists and the University’s collections also include a Heritage Edition of the famed Saint John's Bible, and the largest collection of papers and artwork by liturgical artist Ade Bethune.

Did you know?

  • Art History is offered as a major and minor.

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why St. Kate's?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning to achieve your goals.

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Faculty members are working artists and art historians that exhibit professionally and speak at national conferences. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate’s Experience

The St. Kate’s Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.

Bachelor's Level