The Department of Art History is an all-encompassing field that opens a rich world of possibilities for the graduate. Art History students investigate every facet of humanity’s relationship to the world: how we perceive, participate in, and represent our physical, social, religious, philosophical, political, and artistic environments. Faculty members teach in the fields of Ancient (Department of Classics), Medieval: East and West, Renaissance and Baroque: North and South, Modern: American and European, Pre-Columbian and Colonial art and architectural history. The study of Art History is a passion that leads to serious opportunities. With intense training in visual interpretation, critical thinking, and artful communication, FSU Art History students are highly valued by programs in law, medicine, museums, education, business, non-profits, entertainment, and politics.
Our undergraduate program offers a BA in Art History and students are broadly educated in the history of art and introduced to a wide variety of cultures from around the world and throughout history. We provide a rigorous training in visual analysis and encourage our students to hone their skills in critical thinking and writing. A degree in Art History fully prepares any student for graduate school or a career in the arts.
The undergraduate program also offers a BA/MA combined degree in Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies. This combined degree program allows exceptional FSU students to complete both a BA and an MA degree in five years. Students in this program enroll in courses that count toward both degrees during their senior year, and complete their graduate work in the 5th year.
The Department of Art History offers programs leading to the Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in the history and criticism of art. The objective is to prepare the student for a professional career either in academic art history or in one of the related professions, including museums, commercial galleries and publishing.
The Department of Art History also offers a 2-Year MA Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies program. Students interested in cultural heritage careers may work closely with Florida Department of State officials here in the capital city, and those wishing to pursue a museum career may choose The Ringling Track, spending their entire second year of study in Sarasota at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, one of the largest and most prestigious university museums in the country.