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What Can I Do With A Degree in Art History or Music History and Cultures?

Careers for People with a Degree in Art History

In addition to learning how to identify and analyze key works of art from different eras, and explaining their relationship to historical moments or intellectual trends, people with degrees in Art History develop the analytical skills to synthesize and present information clearly and effectively. These skills prepare students for a number of different and exciting professions.

Some of our alumni have gone on to careers such as:

  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • Gallery Manager
  • Development and Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Art Gallery Director
  • Museum Collections Director
  • Curator

In addition, many alumni go on to pursue graduate education to prepare for teaching at the university or k-12 levels, curatorial assistants, or curators.

Careers for People with a Degree in Music History and Cultures

You will acquire a number of different skills through the study of music history and cultures. Not only do you develop an appreciation for the repertories and histories of different musical cultures, but you learn how to listen—closely and analytically—to various musical styles and traditions. The degree in Music History and Cultures teaches you how to write and communicate about music professionally by engaging with a variety of research methodologies, fostering critical thinking.

Because of the diversity of experiences that encompass the Music History and Cultures degree, there are many potential careers:

  • Music supervision for film, television, video games and advertising
  • A&R, talent scouting
  • Manage a theater, club or performing arts center
  • Work in the programming or education department of an arts organization
  • Pursue advanced degrees or certificates to teach at the university or k-12 levels
  • Writing for digital media, magazines, newspapers
  • Handling public relations and advertising for the music business
  • Work as a music librarian or archivist at a variety of levels, ranging from public libraries to private research institutions to work with such collections as Syracuse University's Belfer Audio Archive
  • Work as a curator in museums with collections ranging from musical instruments to pop culture artifacts