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BA in Art History

Undergraduates in Museum Object exhibition

Students in our undergraduate program are broadly educated in the history of art and introduced to a wide variety of cultures from around the world and throughout history. Our thirteen full-time faculty teach courses covering four major fields of study: Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern/Contemporary, and Visual Cultures of the Americas. We provide a rigorous training in visual analysis and encourage our students to hone their skills in critical thinking and writing. Upon completion of the BA in Art History, our majors are fully prepared for graduate school or a career in the arts.

Undergraduate Application


For the BA in Art History, students must complete 48 credit hours of coursework, including 39 in art history and 9 in studio art, with a minimum grade of C in all major coursework. The foundation courses (ARH 2050 and 2051) provide a broad view of major artists and monuments from around the world and should be taken as early as possible. A seminar (ARH 4800) is required of all majors. Majors are also required to take Communication for Art and Design (SPC 2067) and Information Technology for Art Historians (ARH 2814). For a detailed outline of program requirements, see Course Distribution below. For undergraduate courses offered in the upcoming semester, see Current Courses. 

Majors must also satisfy all other university requirements for the BA, including a foreign-language course at the 2000-level. Only foreign language coursework with a C– or better will count toward graduation. Majors may apply up to one 3-hour museum (ARH 4941) toward the upper-level requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Art History (Note: this option is not available to students minoring in Museum Studies, for whom a 6-hour internship is required). 

Course Distribution Current Courses Internships

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Paul Niell
Academic Coordinator: Emily Johnson

Graduation Check

Students approaching graduation must arrange an official grad check with the University Registrar and with academic coordinator Emily Johnson at least one semester prior to the planned date of graduation.

Honors in the Major

The Art History Department offers honors in the major to students who wish to pursue an extended independent research project. The honors program is designed to encourage ambitious students capable of independent initiative to undertake original research, and to give them an idea of the work required in graduate school. Honors work also gives students the opportunity to work more closely with individual faculty members. Interested students should read the requirements for Honors in Art History before contacting the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Tenley Bick.

International Opportunities

Students in Art History at Florida State University also have a variety of opportunities for international internships and studies. Since the founding of the FSU Florence Program in 1966, Art History has collaborated with FSU’s top-ranked International Programs to offer courses at rich cultural sites around the world. Art History-intensive programs and courses are offered in London, Paris, Panama, and Valencia. Visit International Programs for the latest information on upcoming programs abroad.