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BA in Art History

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Students in the Bachelor of Arts program in Art History at Florida State University are broadly educated in the history of art and introduced to a wide variety of cultures from around the world and throughout history. Our twelve award-winning full-time faculty members teach lecture courses and seminars across the disciplines of art history, visual studies, and museum & cultural heritage studies. Areas include the Post-Ancient and Medieval World, Modernities and Modernisms, and the Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA). Coursework also focuses on methods of analysis, research, and theory. Art History students at FSU are highly trained in visual literacy, history, research practices, critical thinking, and writing. Our alumni are well prepared for a wide range of careers in and out of the arts, as well as graduate study in art history and related fields.

Undergraduate Application

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Tenley Bick
Academic Coordinator: Emily Johnson

Degree Requirements

For the BA in Art History, students must complete 45 credit hours of coursework, including 39 in art history and 6 in studio art, with a minimum grade of C in all major coursework. The foundation survey courses (ARH 2050 and 2051) provide an overview of major artists and works of art from around the world. Two seminars (ARH 4800) are required of all majors. 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


Honors in the Major

The Art History Department offers honors in the major to students who wish to pursue an extended independent research project in the form of an honors thesis. The honors program is designed to encourage ambitious students capable of independent initiative to undertake original research. 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. Art History-intensive programs and courses are offered in London, Paris, Panama, and Valencia. 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. Visit International Programs for the latest information on upcoming programs abroad.

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.