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Art History and Museum Studies

Every picture tells a story. It’s not just about art. It’s about looking at history through art.

With a major in Art History and Museum Studies in our museum-housed Art History and Museum Studies program, you will gain the academic and technical expertise required for looking at, handling, speaking, and writing about art and its vital role in human culture.

Top Reasons to choose Art History and Museum Studies at florida southern college

Expert Faculty

You will have the unique opportunity to study — and work one-on-one — with a museum director and chief curator as your professor, advisor, and mentor, along with gifted professors who excel in their knowledge of the field.

Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in the hubs of the art world with faculty-led study abroad trips to Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin and our Junior Journey trip to New York City.

Practical Exper­ience

You will have opportunities to help install and manage art exhibitions both at the college's Melvin & Burks Galleries and at the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College alongside professionals and visiting artists.

Tailored Career Paths

Art History and Museum Studies’ multi-disciplinary nature allows you to pair it with other degree paths to meet your unique career goals. Pair art history with a communications major or minor for a career in social media or film, or with business for a career in marketing or non-profit management.

Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

Housed inside the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, the Department of Art History and Museum Studies is a short walk from the main campus.

 

Florida Southern College’s affiliation with the Polk Museum of Art gives students the unique opportunity to study — and work one-on-one — with a museum director and chief curator as their professor, advisor, and mentor, along with gifted professors who excel in their knowledge of the field. The Museum offers semester-long and competitive paid summer internships, which enables students to collaborate with Museum professionals on exhibition research, managing Museum collections, and assisting with gallery tours, visitor services, and camps.

Students in the Art History and Museum Studies department are the focus of a program designed for them, centered on the history of art and their own immersion in the academic and professional applications of it.

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Academic Catalog

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At the end of the junior year, all Florida Southern College students are eligible to be considered for early admission to the Florida Southern MBA program.

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Featured art history Faculty

Dr. Alex Rich
- Art History and Museum Studies Department Chair

My primary goal as a teacher of art history is to provide students with the tools they need to study art critically. I have three overarching objectives for them: that they learn how to look at art, how to talk about art, and how to write about art. By honing their innate skills of observation, I want students to understand why the history of the art we study is as essential as the art itself.

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Internship Opportunities

Most of our art majors complete one or more internships in their four years at Florida Southern College.

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Clubs and More

We’re home to a chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the Art History Club, and the international student honorary art society.

Art History and Museum Studies Program Contacts

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Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors
863.680.4131

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Diane Baires

Art History and Museum Studies Department
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Dr. H. Alexander Rich

Department Chair
Executive Director, Polk Museum of Art

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