Art History | Hastings College

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

When Alyssa Rose Bliven ’14 first enrolled at Hastings College, she planned to one day become a veterinarian. The future had something else in store for her. During the 2017 Hastings College Homecoming and Family Weekend, Bliven returns to Hastings... more
For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s... more
A dozen easels stand at attention in a large, gray classroom. They are perfectly new, waiting for the first brush stroke or pencil mark from an artist’s hand. The cement floor below calls out for pencil shavings and paint splatters, while the walls... more
The circle of life has taken one Hastings College graduate from directing college plays to managing Broadway shows. Tom Reynolds ’98 has been working behind the scenes on “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre in Times Square in New York City since... more
Matt Seeley’s sculptures might last only a few days, but for him, that’s part of the beauty of ephemeral art. Seeley ’88, a systems engineer, sculpts large-scale creations with snow, creating jumbo characters like a 16-foot praying mantis, oversized... more