Art History & Theory FAQ

What can I do with a Concentration in Art History & Theory?
Students who opted for the art history and theory concentration in the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC have pursued further studies in graduate programs, have secured positions in museums and art galleries, have found employment in the editorial departments of art publications, or have joined the public school system as art teachers.

In 2007, an art history major, Hadi Gharabaghi, was one of 34 students in the nation to be awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke academic scholarship that provides a maximum of $50,000 per year for up to six years of graduate or professional study in any field. Art history students have won scholarships or teaching assistantships for graduate work in Art History (Danielle Lenhard – SUNY Stony Brook, Kate Schaffer – Art Institute of Chicago; Najah Duvall – University of Cincinnati; Laura Blackwell – University of Maryland College Park{UMCP}), Historic Preservation (Najah Gabriel – UMCP), Museum Studies (Laura Pasquini – Corcoran School of Art & Design), Film and Media Studies (Hadi Gharabaghi – New York University {NYU}), Modern Languages and Linguistics (Pilar Rau – UMBC), Anthropology and Media Studies (Pilar Rau - NYU), Sociology (Elizabeth Donovan – New School of Social Research) and Law (Laura Hammel).

The art history and theory curriculum, which includes the completion of an internship at an art gallery or museum in the Baltimore-Washington region, prepares students to compete for job opportunities in the museum world. Our students have secured positions in the Corcoran Museum (Laura Pasquini – Department of Education and Outreach) the National Gallery of Art (Rachel Valentino – Buying Office of the National Gallery of Art shops); and the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery at UMBC (Emily Hauver – Curatorial Assistant).