Immerse yourself in visual culture, past and present. Engage in the study of art from various social and cultural contexts. Develop the skills to critically look at and interpret works of art, architecture, and design.
The USF School of Art & Art History offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) in Art History from the medieval period to the present. We see art history as an integral part of social and cultural history in a global context: fields of study include African, American, European, Middle Eastern, and Asian art. Students receive individual attention from an active, award-winning research faculty, who expose students to the most recent theoretical and methodological approaches in area surveys and in small, writing-intensive seminar-style courses that are highly interdisciplinary in scope.
For non-majors interested in studying art history as a supplement to an outside area of study, the School of Art & Art History offers a Minor in Art History and an Undergraduate Certificate in Art History.
Student internships can be pursued at several outstanding area museums. At the University
of South Florida, the Contemporary Museum of Art features international exhibitions,
visiting lecturers and symposia; Graphicstudio, an internationally acclaimed contemporary
printmaking studio, is the only university-based program of its kind in the United
States, with its complete production archived by the National Gallery of Art in Washington,
D.C. Not far from the USF Tampa campus, the Tampa Museum of Art has a significant
antiquities collection and each year features an exciting program of exhibitions of
modern and contemporary art; dynamic programming and exhibitions also occur at the
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. In St. Petersburg, the Museum of Fine Arts is
a universal survey museum with particular strengths in modern European and American
art and photography, while the Salvador Dalí Museum is home to the largest collection
of works by Dalí outside Europe. A major collection of Renaissance and Baroque art
is housed at the nearby Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
Our students have had great success in obtaining admission to selective graduate programs, competitive museum internships, and employment in the field.
Esra Akın-Kıvanç, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University) (Faculty Coordinator)
Assistant Professor, Islamic art and architecture; Muslim visual and material culture; Islamic art historiography, Islamic theories of aesthetics and visual perception.
Office: FAH 251
Elisabeth Fraser, Ph.D. (Yale University)
Professor, 18th- and 19th-century art in Europe and the Ottoman Empire; cultural contact and exchange; art and gender; Mediterranean studies; colonialism and the history of collecting
Office: FAH 272
Riccardo Marchi, Ph.D. (University of Chicago)
Associate Professor, Stuart S. Golding Endowed Chair, 20th-century art, criticism, and historiography in Western Europe and in the US
Office: FAH 265
Allison Moore, Ph.D. (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Assistant Professor, African photography and contemporary art; Contemporary art and critical theory; history of photography
Office: FAH 247
Helena Szépe, Ph.D. (Cornell University)
Master of Arts in Art History Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Late medieval and Renaissance art in Europe; history of manuscripts, prints, and books; word and image studies; Venice
Office: FAH 266
Students interested in an undergraduate program, find out about the BA in Art History program details, curriculum and course offerings.
Students preparing for graduate studies can learn about the MA in Art History program details, curriculum and course offerings.
Students and families can also request more information about the School of Art & Art History’s programs by filling out the USF College of The Arts’ online form.