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College of Fine Arts

Department of Art History

Welcome to Art History at Florida State University. Our students investigate humanity’s relationship to the world: how we perceive, participate in, and represent our physical, social, religious, philosophical, political, and artistic environments. Our faculty teach in a range of fields including Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern American and European, and Pre-Columbian and Colonial art and architectural history. With intense training in interpretation, critical thinking, and communication, our graduates are highly valued by programs in law, medicine, museums, education, business, non-profits, entertainment, and politics.

Our opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. Through an expansive international studies program, students may gain firsthand experience of art in London, Florence and Paris, among other world cities. They can pursue training in Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies, taking advantage of rich collections and facilities at FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts and The Ringling in Sarasota as well as state and local archaeological sites and agencies. A distinguished lecture series brings renowned scholars to share their work with us, and for 35 years we have hosted a Graduate Student Symposium that draws Art History students from around the country. The proceedings are published in our internationally-distributed research journal Athanor.

The Department of Art History, part of the College of Fine Arts, is located in the William Johnston Building, a historic structure built in 1913, enlarged in 1939, and beautifully restored in 2011 with the addition of state-of-the-art facilities, Art Library, and Gallery.