Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Art History (AHM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0703

College of The Arts


Major Description

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. 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

The School of Art & Art History encourages students who wish to transfer from Florida Community Colleges to complete their A.A. prior to transfer. 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.

Students may complete the prerequisite courses listed below prior to entering the university. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade. The following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements:

  • ART X201 or ART X202 or ART X203 or ART X205
  • ART X300 or ART X301 or ART X310
  • ART X050 Art History Survey I
  • ART X051 Art History Survey II
  • XXX XXXX 9-12 semester hours of a single foreign language

Total Major Hours: 87 Hours

Major Core Courses - 41 Hours

  1. Art Preparation (12 credit hours): *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.
  2. Art History Survey (18 credit hours): *ARH 4930 Art History Selected Topics may be taken for degree credit only by approval of the academic advisor for the School of Art and Art History.
  3. Art History Critical Studies or Directed Reading (9 credit hours):** **Students may substitute 3 hours of ARH 4800 Critical Studies for 3 hours of 4000-level Art History Survey by permission of the instructor.
  4. 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)

Major Elective Courses - 46 Hours

Non-Art Electives: 27 credit hours
Free Electives (Art or Non-Art): 19 credit hours

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Director: W. Wilson; Professor: E. Fraser, L. Marcus; Associate Professors: W. Babcox, N. Bender, J. Byrd, E. Condon, G. Green, R. Lawrence, R. Marchi, B. Shanks, H. Szepe, J. Weitz; Assistant Professors: C. Cornejo, A. Ekberg, N. Mason, A. Moore, A. Pollack, Instructors: M. Fournier; Assistant in Student Advising: R. Olinger; Distinguished Professor-Dean Emeritus: D.J. Saff; Dean Emeritus-Professor Emeritus: H.W. Covington; Chair Emeritus-Professor Emeritus: G. Pappas; Professor Emeriti: E. Cox, A. Eaker, C. Fager, J. Kronsnoble, M. Larsen, C. Lyman, B. Marsh,; Associate Professor Emeritus: D. Wright, T. Wujcik.

Major Other Information


The School of Art & Art History is widely known for the consistent level of excellence of its programs. Aside from the contributions of its permanent staff, and to ensure the continuing expansion of learning opportunities available to students, the School has brought to the campus internationally known artists and lecturers such as Alice Aycock, Linda Benglis, Jack Burnham, James Casebere, Albert Chong, Robert Colescott, Hal Foster, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Adam Gopnik, The Guerrilla Girls, Dave Hickey, Barbara Kruger, Donald Kuspit, Alfred Leslie, Christian Marclay, Komar and Melamid, Marlon Riggs, Tim Rollins, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, Miriam Shapiro, Renee Stout, Sidney Tillum, John Waters, and The Art Guys.


The USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is recognized as one of the leading cultural institutions in the state by the State of Florida Cultural Institutions Program. The USF CAM brings vital, investigative, and scholarly exhibitions of contemporary art to the university and Tampa Bay Community. Artists include Matt Mullican, Robert Stackhouse, Pat Steir, Tyler Turkle, and Robin Winters, as well as internationally recognized artists from Africa, Europe, and Latin America, such as Leo Copers, Patrick Corillon, Alfredo Jaar, Antonio Martorelli, Pepon Osorio, and Peter Weibel. The Museum also houses the university’s art collection with exceptional holdings in graphics, sculpture multiples, and recent photography. The Museum is actively engaged in commissioning architecturally related public art projects designed to enhance the public spaces on the USF campus. Recent projects include works by Dale Elred, Richard Fleischner, Doug Hollis, Nancy Holt, Ned Smyth, and Elyn Zimmerman. USF CAM organizes symposia, lectures, workshops, and visiting artist presentations to engender interest in contemporary art, educate the public, and facilitate the exchange of ideas among artists, museum members, experts in the art field, and the community. The exhibition, educational programs, and art collection serve as an integral part of the studio and art history curriculum of the School of Art and Art History and other liberal studies areas while enhancing the cultural vitality of the campus and Tampa Bay communities.


The Institute for Research in Art/Graphicstudio was founded within the College in 1968 to perform basic research in the visual arts through collaboration with internationally renowned artists in the production of print and multiple editions. Over the years, Graphicstudio has received many honors including the establishment of a permanent archive at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the achievement of the “Florida Arts Recognition Award” from the Department of State. Work/study programs, directed study, as well as graduate assistantships are available to USF students at Graphicstudio’s production facility. Students are able to study completed editions as well as preparatory works in the Graphicstudio Gallery. Graphicstudio also sponsors lectures by invited guests and colloquia on a variety of subjects relating to the visual arts.

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