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Visit the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries this summer and discover the summer show on display, "Slavocracy" by graphic designer Frank DeBose.

Student Opportunities

Study Abroad (Spring Break, Summer Session, Semester, or Year)

Consider a location related to potential fields of study. http://www.odu.edu/ao/oip/studyabroad/

Foreign Languages

  • Tremendous asset no matter your career path
  • Recommended languages are German, French, Italian, Spanish or others for specialized fields

Scholarships / Grants / Research

Undergraduate Art History Courses

Take courses from as many different faculty as possible, both to broaden your knowledge and to help secure future letters of support (Museum course will require applications)

Senior Thesis

Choose to do one! Begin to think about this your Junior year. Fall of Senior year you take 498 (3 hrs of Research), and Spring of Senior year, you take 499 (3 hrs of Thesis Writing). This will result in the strongest possible writing sample and helps augment your C.V. even further.

Internships (Summer, Semester, or Year)

Choose to do one! Can be done in conjunction with your Senior Thesis. Possible locations nearby include: The Chrysler Museum of Art; The Peninsula Fine Arts Center; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; The Mariner's Museum; Portsmouth Community Art Center; Charles Taylor Art Center; The Seldon Gallery; Colonial Williamsburg; and Jamestown. Also consider museums in Richmond and of course in D.C. Contact Art History Faculty to help you apply.

Career Paths After ODU


Typically involves earning an M.A. and a Ph.D. over 6-10 years. To be competitive for admission: Strong GRE scores, strong writing sample, strong letters of recommendation, focused course of study. Consult CAA Graduate Programs in Art History on reserve in Art Library.

Museums / Galleries / Libraries

Many different opportunities, from Curator, Conservationist, Educator, Librarian, etc. Often involves a graduate degree depending on chosen field (M.A., M.L.S., Ed.M., MBA, etc.).

Professional Art Associations

Possibilities include everything from clerical to administrative work. May also be a good pathway to other careers in the arts.

College Art Association (the largest art organization in the country)


Visual Resources

See the Visual Resources Association at http://www.vraweb.org/.

Arts Administration

Management careers in the "creative sector."


Auction Houses

Opportunities in connoisseurship, marketing and other aspects of the field (certificate or M.A.).



Art Festivals
Often good opportunities for part-time work and a variety of experiences on an annual basis.

Art Insurance
Work as an Adjuster / Appraiser

Governmental Art Organizations

From the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Services, Museums, and a host of organizations and societies. The FBI has an Art Crime Team. Browse opportunities at: http://www.usajobs.gov.

Academic Publishing

Working for a scholarly / university press as an editor, etc., would be an excellent experience, giving you many transferable skills.


There are many grant-writing agencies, in the university, for non-profits, etc.

Additional Resources

http://www.scrippscollege.edu/students/career/planning/art-history.php (a very useful site with skill lists, career paths and links to organizations)

University of Denver, School of Art and Art History
http://www.du.edu/art/undergraduate/careers.htm (a good list of career paths, including what to do with art history degrees in conjunction with other fields of study)

Charles M. Rosenberg, University of Notre Dame
http://www.nd.edu/~crosenbe/jobs.html (lots of good links and information on career options)

eCampus Tours
http://www.ecampustours.com/NR/rdonlyres/1129529B-D061-456C-BD2A-AC31CADBF74E/0/art.pdf (a table with potential employers and strategies for being competitive)

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Presidential Inauguration

ODU commemorated the inauguration of President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., during Homecoming Weekend 2022. Relive the historic weekend.

Fall Open House

It's time to fall in love with ODU! Join us for our last Open House event of the semester on Saturday, November 19.

Commencement 2022

Visit the Commencement Office for information on event times, caps & gowns, tickets and more!