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School of Art + Art History

Art History

Degrees / Ways to Study

Bachelor of Arts in Art History (BA)

The B.A. degree program introduces students to the wide range of artistic styles and periods in the western world as well as art of the non-western world, art historical theory and criticism, and research methodology in the field. Critical thinking, research and writing skills are cultivated in this program, which emphasizes visual literacy, an understanding of history as well as the social forces and cultural ideologies that shape and inform different periods and styles.

Master of Arts in Art History (MA)
degree requirements (36 credits)
Research methods
Art history
Elective credits (9 credits may be in a supporting discipline)
Thesis research
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
degree requirements (90 credits)
Courses in primary area (maximum of 12 credits in any one seminar/course number)
Courses in a secondary area of art history
Courses in related electives or outside minor field

(approved electives by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with doctoral supervisor)

Dissertation research and writing (including 3 credits of ARH 7979 to prepare for Qualifying Exams)
30 credits of a master’s degree from UF or another institution will be transferred to a doctoral program. All courses to be transferred must be graduate-level, letter-graded with a grade of B or better and must be demonstrated to relate directly to the degree being sought

Additional language courses – two languages needed, which do not count toward the 90 total required for the degree.

Art History Minor (Minor)

This 18 credit minor acquaints students with art history from both the Western and Non-Western traditions through our three survey courses: ARH2050, ARH2051, and ARH2500.  Students must also take three 3/4000 ARH courses which allow for more intensive study within a particular region and/or time period.

To get started - be sure to take the three survey courses, and get in touch with the advisor in your college for procedural instructions.

Art History Courses as a Non-Major

We offer several art history courses at the 2000 level for any UF undergraduate student to take.  Check ISIS and the Office of the Registrar's Schedule of Courses for current listings.  Students may also take art history courses at the 3/4000 level if prerequisites are met, or with specific approval of the instructor.

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