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Art History, Minor

Connect with the beauty of the past. Study the art and architecture of cultures around the world and throughout time.

Excel Beyond the Arts

Minors go on to graduate studies and successful careers in the humanities, art history, curatorial and museum studies, law, psychology, business, biology, medicine, and more.

Learn Outside the Classroom

All courses include field trips to art museums and galleries in the Bay Area or to cultural resources on campus. Optional, art-related internships and related study abroad opportunities are also possible for minors who wish to extend their studies.

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Aubree Mladenovic looks at books in the library.

Aubree Miladenovic ‘15

What Makes Art History at USF Different?

I took one art history intro class and I was sold. We got to read interesting stories, visit local galleries and museums, and talk about art history in a way that wasn’t only scholarly, but human."

Aubree Miladenovic ‘15

Study the History and Philosophy of Art

A range of course offerings, including lower-division lecture courses (8 units) and upper-division seminars (12 units), bring the history of the visual arts across the ages to life in a truly global context. You’ll learn important visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills, gain valuable cultural knowledge, and grapple with the rich and nuanced histories of art in a global, social context.


Explore the Major

  • Blend history and theory with practical experience. Learn visual literacy, critical thinking, and research skills that enable you to thrive in the art world.