2020-2021 Catalog 
    Oct 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Art History & Museum Studies Major

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The Art History & Museum Studies Program trains students in the history, visual literacy, critical thinking, research, and communication skills necessary to become ethical, forward-thinking leaders in the art world and beyond. Combining rigorous academic training with hands-on, professional experience, this program is designed to help students thrive in rewarding careers such as museum and art gallery administration, curating and art registration/collections management, arts education, business, law, development, public relations, project management, and more.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Analyze a broad range of works of visual art and architecture in their aesthetic, historical, and/or cultural contexts
  • Develop persuasive art historical arguments in oral or written form using common disciplinary methodologies
  • Articulate critical roles that art and arts institutions can play in considering ethical issues and effecting positive social change
  • Apply skills and knowledge essential for successful professional patterns of behavior and practice in museums and arts organizations

Major Requirements (At least 48 Units)

Major residency requirements:  Majors must complete at least one of the Survey of Western Art History courses on campus. At least three of the four required upper-division (300-level) seminars must be taken at USF.  Only one of the four required, upper-division seminar electives may be substituted with an upper-division art history course taken in an approved study abroad program, or with a 4-unit Honors College course taught by art history faculty.

Upper-Division Art History Electives (16 units)

Ancient & Medieval (4 units)

Choose at least ONE of the following:

Early Modern (4 units)

Choose at least ONE of the following:

Internships (4 Units)

Must complete AT LEAST TWO OF THE FOLLOWING (for at least 4 units total). Internships are 1-4 variable units and are offered every semester & summer sessions; juniors & seniors only (with appropriate signature).

Optional Electives

Art History & Museum Studies Honors Track

Sophomores with a 3.5 GPA in the major may also apply for the Art History & Museum Studies Honors Track (up to 10 extra units; see separate Honors checklist for requirements)

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