As an Art History major, you'll learn about art and the cultures that produced it-from the Stone Age to the 21st Century.

When you major in art history you learn about major works of art, history of art, technical skills, the role of culture, and contemporary artists. The Art History program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue an advanced education or professional position.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC For Art History

  • You’ll study with faculty who are nationally recognized artists and art historians who are devoted to teaching.
  • Classes are small, encouraging a strong one-on-one relationship between you and your professors.
  • A May-Option study abroad trip is offered each year.
  • You will have opportunities to help organize and hang art exhibitions both at the College's galleries and at Lakeland's Polk Museum of Art.

The Department of Art and Art History offers one of the most comprehensive and outstanding art programs in the Southeast. Excellent facilities, a talented, enthusiastic and caring faculty, and a friendly and beautiful campus environment make Florida Southern College a wonderful place for young artists to grow and prepare themselves for professional careers.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Engaged learning is at the heart of all our art history courses. Faculty work with you individually and with student groups in all courses, and we’ve based our critique process on open discourse and evaluation. Additionally, students can travel to visit the works of art they study to gain a better understanding of the discipline.

Internship Opportunities

Most of our majors complete one or more internships in their four years at FSC. They intern locally for Publix Co., Smart Creative, Polk Museum of Art, departments on campus, as well as for various companies over their summer break. Our students have also interned as assistant museum curators, assistants to local interior designers, and set designers for theater productions.


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and Contact…

Jenna Rice
863.680.4743
jrice@flsouthern.edu

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

We’re home to a chapter of Kappa Pi, the international student honorary art society.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Generous scholarships are available to art students with a portfolio review. A portfolio review guideline can be obtained from the department in advance of a scheduled review.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Our graduates are professors, art directors, and freelance designers across the country. They’re also regularly hired to teach in the public schools. Many have been accepted into top-tier programs such as:

  • The Burren College of Art, Ireland
  • The California Institute of the Arts
  • New York University
  • The Pratt Institute
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • The University of The Arts, London
 

Degree Requirements

Art History Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 48 hours

ARH 1100

Survey of Western Art and Architecture
ARH 4790 Contemporary Art and Architecture
ARH 4999 Art History Senior Thesis
ART 1020 Design Fundamentals (may be taken pass/fail)
ART 1031 Drawing I (may be taken pass/fail)
HIS 1115 The West and the World to the Early Modern Era
or  
HIS 1125 The West and the World since the Early Modern Era

Five additional courses chosen from:

ARH 3710 Ancient and Architecture
ARH 3720 Medieval Art and Architecture
ARH 3740 Renaissance Art and Architecture
ARH 3750 Baroque Art and Architecture
ARH 3770 Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Art and Architecture
ARH 3780 Twentieth-Century Art and Architecture
ARH 3790 Contemporary Art and Architecture
ARH 4960/1 Art History Internship
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
E. Electives 20
F. Total 128

Art History Minor Requirements

Twenty hours, including ARH 1100, and four additional ARH courses at the 2000-level or above chosen from ARH 2700, 3710, 3720, 3740, 3750, 3770, 3780, 3790, 4960-61, and 4999.


 

Course Descriptions

ARH 1100 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistory to the present in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw); FA (In)

ARH 2700 THE CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
Four hours. Prerequisites: ARH 1100, ART 1020, ART 1131, and sophomore standing. Art Theory and Practice is a sophomore seminar course designed to provide a survey of contemporary theory and practice from the artist’s perspective and to prepare the student for portfolio development. Students will explore specific directions and methods of contemporary art practice, will engage in art making as an aspect of their exploration of contemporary media, will discuss health hazards associated with making art, and will prepare a curriculum vita and portfolio representing themselves as contemporary artists. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3710 ANCIENT ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Ancient Mediterranean in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3720 MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Medieval period in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3740 RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance period in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3750 BAROQUE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Baroque period in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3770 EIGHTEENTH-AND NINETEENTH-CENTURY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. A period-survey of European and American painting, sculpture, and architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3780 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. A period-survey of European and American painting, sculpture, and architecture of the twentieth century in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 4790 CONTEMPORARY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisites: ARH 1100 and standing as a junior or senior; additionally, ARH 378 is highly recommended, but is not required. An introduction to painting, sculpture, architecture, and new media from mid-twentieth-century minimalism to the present in the context of contemporary social, cultural, religious, and political history. This course has extensive writing and oral presentation components. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), FA (In)

ARH 4960-4961 ART HISTORY INTERNSHIP
Four hours. Prerequisites: ARH 1100 and permission of supervising faculty. This course is intended to provide supervised, on-the-job training during one or more the last three semesters of a student’s studies. Following departmental internship guidelines and in coordination with the supervising faculty member, the student will secure an internship assignment that will provide an appropriate learning experience in his or her field of concentration. Summer field experiences are encouraged. Most Art History internships are in museum or gallery settings.

ARH 4999 ART HISTORY SENIOR THESIS
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the Department of Art and Art History, ARH 1100, an ARH period-survey course at the 3000-level or higher, permission of a thesis advisor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This is the capstone course for the B.A. in Art History, and is designed to prepare one to do scholarly writing about art history and make a scholarly slide- or digital-image-presentation, whether in preparation for graduate school or for other life activities. The course may be taken by non-majors who wish to have this research and writing experience. In this course, the student will write a twenty-page research paper of the type commonly assigned in graduate art history courses. This course will be deemed to be cross-listed with any upper-division period-survey course taught during the same semester. The student will register for ARH 4999, will be responsible for attending a chosen period-survey course, and will complete the exams and other projects of that period-survey—except for the research paper required for the period-survey. Instead of the research paper required for the period-survey, in consultation with a faculty member chosen to be the thesis advisor, the student will select for his or her senior thesis a topic that is related to the content of the period-survey. The student will undertake and complete the research and writing of the thesis in consultation with the thesis advisor. In addition to the thesis paper, the student will give a ten- to fifteen-minute presentation on the subject of the thesis paper to the students and faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at one of the departmental critiques. The thesis advisor will assign the final grade. Four hours credit will be given for this course, and four hours credit will be given separately for the period-survey course. Gen Ed: Ql, EC-C