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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In ART 3740 Renaissance Art and Architecture you’ll examine the wonders of painting, sculpture, and architecture through the eyes of the artists who lived during the Renaissance period. Explore the mastery and precision of the works of Michelangelo, Vermeer, Bosch, and other artists in the context of social, culture, religious, and political history.
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.
There is always something interesting happening at Florida Southern.
Henry B. Plant, the man who helped create the modern city of Tampa as a thriving com...
Sue Stauffer '84 wanted to share the work of Pierre Henri Matisse with FSC and the comm...
Florida Southern College’s partnership with the Polk Museum of Art has led to an import...
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.
Most of our art majors complete one or more internships in their four years at Florida Southern College.
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 Department
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