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2023 Art History Popularity

There are about 8,160 students enrolled in Art History in the USA.

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Art history is the 119th most popular degree in America, with 2,784 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #120 Pharmaceutical Sciences, and narrowly lost to #118 Clinical Nutrition Services.

The degree is offered at a total of 411 colleges across the nation, and is the 54th most widely offered degree. Given that art history is offered at 74% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that in the region of 3/7ths of colleges offering art history are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most art history graduates, largely led by Columbia University in the City of New York, while it’s the Ivy League that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from Barnard College and Columbia University in the City of New York.

All that being said, no individual school produces more art history graduates than University of Alabama at Birmingham, which graduated 67 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study art history). More students studied art history as a percentage of total students at Kansas City Art Institute than any other college.

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