The Department of Art History is excited to announce a new 4+1 BA/MA program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies for academically ambitious FSU undergraduates. This combined degree program allows exceptional incoming and current FSU students to complete both a BA and an MA degree in five years. For incoming graduate students who already have a BA in Art History or a related field, we offer a 2-year MA with two specific career tracks: Students interested in more sustained research and cultural heritage careers work closely with Florida Department of State officials here in the capital city; and those who wishing to pursue a career in museum work may choose the Ringling Track, spending their entire second year of study in an extensive internship at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, one of the largest and most prestigious university museums in the country. Our MCHS program is now part of the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market. Students from any of the 16 SREB states may pursue a degree in the program at in-state tuition rates.
For all the details on admissions and degree requirements, visit our MCHS Programs page.
The Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies program offers theoretical and practical training in the investigation and management of cultural heritage. Our mission is to provide students with the research and analytical skills required of museum professionals as well as a solid academic foundation for advanced study in the history of art. The program combines Art History coursework and hands-on museum experience. Interdisciplinary courses explore the various ways in which people represent, value and use the past, and how this past is taught, disseminated and publicly debated. Extended internships provide professional experience in real world situations. We work closely with FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Ringling Museum of Art, other local and regional art institutions, and government agencies such as the Southeastern Archaeological Center, the Bureau of Archaeological Research, the Museum of Florida History, and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.