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    Feb 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Art History B.A.

(CIP = 50.0703) (AHM)

The curriculum in art history reflects the belief that a traditional liberal arts program, supplemented by travel, is the best preparation for students who wish to teach the history of art at the college level or work in museums and galleries. Students will not specialize in a particular area such as Renaissance or Modern, but will acquire a general knowledge of the history of art. All Art History majors are required to take at least one 4000-level non-Western Art History course. Courses in areas such as history, philosophy, and literature are recommended as electives, both as supplement to undergraduate courses in art history and as a background for future graduate work. Art history majors are required to take courses in studio art as a means of better understanding what is involved in the art making process. It is important that students make every effort to travel to major museums in this country and, if possible, abroad.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • ART X201 (Basic design, Design I) or ART X202C (Design II, 3D, methods and concepts) or ART X203 (Design II, 3D, concepts & Practices) or ART X205 (Color, color & composition, color design, color theory) - 3 credit hours
  • ART X300 (Drawing I, drawing foundations) or ART X301 (Drawing II) or ART X310C (Intermediate drawing) - 3 credit hours
  • ARH X050 Introduction to Art History I - 3 credit hours
  • ARH X051 Introduction to Art History II - 3 credit hours
  • XXX XXXX 9-12 semester hours of a single foreign language (Competency requirement of a single foreign language)

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Total Major Hours: 41

Major Core (41 Credit Hours)

Art Preparation (12 Credit Hours)

NOTE:  *History of Visual Arts I and II must be used to satisfy the General Education Historical Perspectives requirement if the student is to remain within 120 hours for the degree.

Art History Critical Studies or Directed Reading (9 Credit Hours)

NOTE:  **Students may substitute 3 hours of ARH 4800  Critical Studies for 3 hours of 4000-level Art History Survey by permission of the instructor.

Plus (2 Credit Hours)

  • Extended Studies: required of all majors - London Middlesex Program, Paris Program, Public Art, Museum Internships, Community Art, Artists Internship/Apprenticeships, Art History Apprenticeships)

Other Program Information

All Students earning a BA degree in Art History must complete the Foreign Language Exit Requirement.

Students are encouraged to take additional credits in Art History critical studies courses and Art History survey courses.

Grading Requirement

All coursework in The School of Art & Art History must have a grade of “C” or better to satisfy program requirements.

Residency Requirement

In accordance with the policies of the University of South Florida, a minimum of 50 percent of a candidate’s credits in the major must be completed with the School of Art and Art History on the Tampa campus.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Advising Information

Rachel Lynch,

Art History Faculty

E. Akin-Kivanç, W. Babcox, N. Bender, J. Byrd, S. Cheatham, C. Cornejo Alvarez, E. Fraser, M. Freeman, G. Green, S. Havens, E. Johnson, R. Lawrence, J. Lazarus, R. Marchi, N. Mason, P. Merrill Brekka, A. Moore, A. Pollack, B. Shanks, H. Szepe, W. Wilson, J. Yeon Woo Professor Emeritus: Lou Marcus 

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