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Welcome to Art History at Florida State University. Our students investigate humanity’s relationship to the world: how we perceive, participate in, and represent our physical, social, religious, philosophical, political, and artistic environments. Our faculty teach in a range of fields, including the Post-Ancient and Medieval World, Modernities and Modernisms, and the Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA). Our offerings extend far beyond the classroom, thanks to our connections with the FSU Museum of Fine Arts and The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, the university’s extensive International Programs, and Florida state and local archaeological agencies. We bring renowned scholars to campus each year for our distinguished lecture series, and for over 35 years we have hosted a Graduate Student Symposium that brings together emerging scholars from around the country. The Department of Art History, part of the College of Fine Arts, is located in the William Johnston Building, a historic structure built in 1913 and restored in 2011 with the addition of state-of-the-art facilities, Art Library, and Gallery.

We offer master’s programs in Art History and Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) and the PhD in Art History.

MA in Art History MA in MCHS PhD in Art History

The application season opens on November 1. For all graduate programs, review of applications will begin on January 1 and will continue throughout the spring semester until all positions are filled. The final application deadline is May 15. For funding consideration, the deadline is January 1.

Graduate Application

Fields of Study

Students are guided through the program by the Director of Graduate Studies and an individual advisor chosen during the first year by the student from her/his field of study. We offer courses in four major fields of study: Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern/Contemporary, and Visual Cultures of the Americas.

Opportunities and Support

For information on departmental and university financial support for graduate study, please visit our Funding page. Graduate students in Art History at Florida State University also have a variety of opportunities for international studies, internships and sponsored research.