Shabnam Shermatova looking at a piece of art

Art History & Museum Studies, BA

Blend history and theory with practical experience. Learn visual literacy, critical thinking, and research skills that enable you to thrive in the art world.

Learn Through Internships

Complete two semester-long internships at fine arts museums, commercial galleries, and nonprofit organizations around the San Francisco Bay Area. Collaborate with artists, patrons, and clients. You’ll jump start your career in the museum world, gaining real-world experience that will prepare you for life after graduation.

Thrive Beyond the Arts

Combining academic training with hands-on, professional experience, this program is designed to help you thrive in a variety of careers such as museum and art gallery administration, curating and collections management, arts education, business, law, development, public relations, project management, and more.


Learn the Art of Research

Through research and analysis, you discover the historical and cultural importance of art and architecture, and present your findings in a range of public settings.

Program Overview


The program is strengthened by its location in the heart of the city. With everything being a few bus stops away, places such as the SFMOMA and the DeYoung became frequent spaces of learning."

Jordán Sandoval ’22

Plan an Exhibition

Curate an art show right here on campus. Plan your exhibition space on the hilltop's very own Thacher Gallery and Rare Books Room.

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Explore the Master of Museum Studies Program

Art History & Museum Studies, BA


Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m.