Art History

art history major at hastings college
Why major in Art History?

Are you intrigued with art’s role the development of culture and how culture has influenced art? Is your dream job curating museum exhibits, teaching others about art’s contributions to society or integrating art into counseling? Then an Art History major at Hastings College is for you!

Hastings College’s Art History major emphasizes the interplay among visual art, history, literature, music, biology and many other fields of study — helping you analyze the cultural context of art from historical times to today.

Plus you’ll have opportunities to try glassblowing in the best glassblowing studio of any college or university in the country while exploring sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing, graphic design and photography. All in the new 25,000 sq. ft. Jackson Dinsdale Art Center

Our Hastings, Neb., community is incredibly supportive of the arts. This means opportunities for internships abound, from Hastings Museum to advertising agencies. Through internships and events sponsored by these and other arts venues, you’ll build a solid network as you prepare to launch your career or further your education at graduate school.

In addition to graduate school, you’ll find Hastings College Art alumni serve as curators for art museums in North Carolina, Chicago and Scottsbluff, Neb., manage stage sets on Broadway, own glassblowing studios and teach in high schools and universities. Some even integrate their study of art into careers such as clinical psychologists, musicians, spa owners and more.

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Art Scholarships

All students, regardless of major/minor are eligible for an art scholarship. Non-majors earn the scholarship by actively participating in art activities and taking at least one art class per semester.

While we accept scholarship applications year round, for best consideration, we recommend you:

Complete this form and let us know you're interested art. We'd love to arrange a time to view your portfolio!


Creating success

Alumna Sarah Kuester '06 decided to take a leap of faith and open her own creative studio to teach art classes. */ more
Amy and Ted met at Hastings College where they both pursued an interest in glassblowing. Today, they're married with their own private studio. more
Many spend their Fourth of July shooting fireworks, eating hot dogs and relaxing. But Hastings College senior Carolyn Clements spent her Fourth hugging a bald eagle. more
“The inspiration for my painting came from my family,” Katherine Arias, an art major from Lexington, Nebraska said of her work, "Mi Familia. 1 -- Diptych." “This was the first of my Junior Thesis and my goal with it was to make work showing how... more
Hastings College graduate Gary Staab combined biology and art classes to pursue his unique career as a paleoartist. more