Bachelor of General Studies: Spotlight on a Minor in Art History & Communication

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Charleston is rich in both art and history with local museums and galleries touching on every aspect of human culture. But, what is the value of this beautiful history if no one can communicate it to the general public?

The Bachelor of General Studies is designed to be a flexible liberal arts degree that allows students to create their own, individualized program of study.

Students interested in the Bachelor of General Studies program choose two minors to complement their liberal arts education. The BGS program requires students to fulfill the College’s general education requirements, complete the requirements of two minors, complete an Introduction to the Bachelor of General Studies course, a 4-credit hour senior synthesis seminar, and complete a total of 122 credit hours.

By allowing students to choose two minors rather than a major, students can explore a wider range of topics. Then, the BGS senior synthesis seminar encourages students to apply what they’ve learned from one or both minors.

With over 80 minors offered at the College of Charleston, the combination of minors is almost endless. In this series of blog posts, we are looking at different combinations of minors and discovering what job opportunities are available with this combination.

Art history is specifically the study of the world’s visual heritage in the context of social, cultural, and intellectual history. Meanwhile, strong verbal and written communication skills are a top priority among hiring managers in virtually every field. The College’s communication department covers a range of topics including public speaking, journalism, organizational communication, public relations, social movements, and more.

With the flexibility of choosing two minors, you can strategically arrange your courses to set you up perfectly for your dream career.

What can you do with a BGS degree, a minor in Art History and a minor in Communication?

  • A Museum or Gallery Curator: curators are typically responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with the museum’s board of directors, its customers, its staff, and others in the community. A curator must have excellent communication skills in addition to knowing how to discuss art competently.
  • Museum Marketing and Public Relations: As with any public relations job, you’ll pitch stories about the museum to media and oversee the marketing efforts. You’ll probably be in charge of the social media accounts and engaging the public. It’s very important that someone in this role has the knowledge and understanding to write about art competently.
  • Art Law Enforcement: Did you know that FBI agents have to have strong written and verbal communications skills, critical and analytical thinking skills, and specialized training. With a BGS degree and minors in Art History and Communication, you get those exact skills. The FBI’s Art Crime Team, a 16-member division of the FBI, might have an opening just for you. These agents oversee the National Stolen Art File, a database of stolen works of art.
  • Artist Management and Representation: After attending law school, a background in art history and communication will set you up perfectly to negotiate contracts, gallery shows and other fees for artists.
  • Art and Estate Appraisal: This career requires additional certifications in art appraisal studies, but the research and communication skills gained through your BGS degree are a must. Many art appraisers specialize in a particular area, so you might want to plan your classes accordingly.