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See how art influences society and culture with an on-site modern art museum and art displays around every corner.

What Will I Learn?

Get a close-up look at the visual chronicles of political, religious and cultural trends. From cave paintings to today’s modern works, art gives us a snapshot of humanity through the centuries.

Learn to analyze and notice details. Even medical schools and law enforcement agencies stress the advantages of studying art history because it heightens our ability to decode visual material.

JCCC’s Art History courses span the timeline from prehistoric to present. Travel around the globe via state-of-the-art classroom technology to survey 2-D, 3-D and architectural works from Asia to Western Europe to right here in the United States.

JCCC was the first school in Kansas to use Artstor, an online resource with a collection of more than 2 million images. This tool puts every slide shown in class at your fingertips any time of day.


At JCCC, you’ll learn from instructors (not teaching assistants) who have excavated art in Italy and Greece, worked at world-class museums like The Smithsonian Institution and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and been published in major art magazines.

  • Learn in small, personalized classes rather than a giant lecture hall.
  • Walk among art-lined halls and courtyards daily. The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the country’s top 10 college and university art collections (Public Art Review Magazine).
  • See an artist’s work in your textbook then walk across campus to view the real thing; a number of originals are in our campus collection.
  • Experience the Nerman’s renowned contemporary American Indian Art Collection. JCCC hosts the area’s most extensive collection, and it’s used for classroom learning.
  • Meet curators and world-renowned artists at Nerman Museum exhibition openings.
  • Choose face-to-face or online classes.
  • Pay less. Tuition is reasonable and many classes are transferable.

Experience these other great opportunities only at JCCC:

JCCC Night at the Nelson – Nearly 1,000 students, staff and faculty attend this interactive art experience at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Noon at the Nerman – On Fridays during the fall and spring semesters, JCCC faculty or staff discuss a different work from our nationally recognized campus art collection.

Third Thursday – Local artists are brought to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art to speak about their work, careers and educational backgrounds.

Allison Smith, Chair, Art History
“Yes, Art History meets the humanities and diversity requirements, but many of my students I see the following semester because they really enjoyed the class. They tell me, ‘I told all my friends to take this class.’”
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What do Harvard, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and JCCC all have in common? They all use the same textbook! That’s good news because your ARTH 180 and 182 will seamlessly transfer to just about any school. Many times, our Asian Art, European Art, or Women, Art and Society classes will fulfill a diversity, humanities or foreign studies requirement.

When you make art history you major, your job can become your passion. Possibilities include:

  • art librarian
  • arts administrator
  • journalist/art critic
  • estate and art appraiser
  • preservation expert
  • art lawyer
  • freelance collection manager
  • architectural conservator
  • art advisor
  • art consultant at a hotel or cruise ship
  • curator
  • teacher
  • museum registrar
  • arts education
  • grant writer
  • antiques dealer
  • archivist

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.