The School of Art and Art History offers B.A. and M.A. studies 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 South 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.
Student internships can be pursued at several outstanding area museums. At USF, 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.