Art History with Museum Studies Program
In partnership with the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University offers a 4-year undergraduate degree in Art History with Museum Studies. This unique program provides students with an academic study of art history and museums AND career training in museum work through challenging, experience-based coursework and internships at the museum.
Art History with Museum Studies (AHM) is both an academic and professional program that provides students with a scholarly study of art, culture and museums while focusing on the area of professional museum work such as curatorship, education, collections management, museum administration and development. All students will have some experience in both kinds of study.
Students will work alongside our exceptional faculty. All of our courses are taught by professionals in the industry with various backgrounds and many years of experience. Students can feel assured that they will be learning first-hand from the experts while exploring current issues and best practices in the field.
Experiential Learning and Internships
To further develop the skills needed for a successful career in this field, students will have the opportunity to pursue museum internships at the Castellani Art Museum or other area museums. These programs are designed to be challenging educational experiences with an emphasis on professional development. Situated at the center of Niagara University, the Castellani Art Museum provides many experiential learning opportunities for our students through exhibition-based courses and internships that train students in the areas of curatorship, registrar work, education, administration, and development.
Study Abroad Opportunities
AHM340 Religion and Art, offered each spring, includes a 10-day study abroad trip to Italy to study and visit museums and cultural sites in Rome, Vatican City, and Florence including the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, Uffizi, and Academia, among several others.
We are confident our students will be prepared for both graduate study as well as employment in small to mid-size museums and historical societies immediately upon graduation. Many of the students have already completed graduate degrees and have gone on to exciting careers in the arts.