University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts

Minor and Certificate in Art History

The minor and the undergraduate certificate in art history are two study options for students who want to expand an outside discipline with an education in Art History.

Minor in Art History

The minor in art history consists of 15 credit hours. Students pursuing this minor may study art history from a variety of areas, including but not limited to Greek Art, Roman Art, Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art, Renaissance Art, African Art, Chinese Art, and Twentieth Century Art. As a writing discipline, the Minor in Art History develops the student’s critical analysis and communication skills.

Art History Concentration (15 credit hours):

  1. Art History Foundations (6 credit hours):

   2. Specialized Art History Study (9 credit hours):
Students choose three 400-level courses (3 hours each) from the following list:

Additional Minor requirements

GPA Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the certificate coursework is required.

Grading Requirements

Students must earn a “C” or better in their minor coursework.

Other Requirements

Studio Art majors (BA/BFA) and Graphic Arts majors may apply Art History courses required for their program toward an Art History minor. Per University guidelines, these students “must complete a minimum of 6 credits and two courses exclusive to the minor that will not count toward the student’s major or other minors. These credits/courses must be completed at USF and must be upper level courses.” Interested students in these programs should consult with their advisor to clarify expectations before declaring an Art History minor.


How do I enroll in the minor?
For more information contact Tracy Mack, the Academic Advisor.


Undergraduate Certificate in Art History

The Certificate in Art History is designed for undergraduate students majoring in another field who also seek a concentration in art history. This certificate constitutes a sequence of five art history courses (15 credit hours) that provides students with a broad introduction to the field of art history.


Certificate hours: 15 credit hours

Core Courses – six hours

Elective Courses – nine hours

Students choose nine credit hours of coursework from the following list of courses:


How do I enroll in the certificate?

Complete the Certificate in Art History form to enroll. You will receive a confirmation of your enrollment in the certification program.

For more information contact Tracy Mack, the undergraduate advisor.

How do I receive the certificate?
Once you have completed the required courses and applied for graduation, you MUST notify Tracy Mack at the School of Art & Art History Main Office, FAH 231, (813) 974-3660, to approve completion of your certificate in order for it to be included on your permanent USF transcript.

Additional Certificate Requirements

GPA Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the certificate coursework is required.

Course Grade Requirement

Courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis. The minimum acceptable grade for each course for the certificate is a C.

All art classes must be taken in-person. A minimum of 12 semester hours of credit used to satisfy the requirements of a certificate must be from USF courses; at least 50 percent of the required coursework must be earned from the institution awarding the certificate.