three students examine a Jackson Pollack painting at the Columbia Museum of Art

Art History

The art history program gives students a broad knowledge of the history and theory of art and architecture from antiquity to the present.

What to Expect

The art history program offers courses in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th-century, modern, American and Asian art, as well as architecture and film and photo history. General survey and special topics courses are offered every semester. Our faculty consists of dedicated teachers who are also nationally and internationally recognized scholars.

Through classroom instruction and additional research and internship opportunities students develop skills in visual analysis, historical understanding, critical thinking, research and writing, and intellectual and practical problem solving.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. with a major in art history

The art history program is offered through the School of Visual Art and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about coursework, please contact:

Undergraduate Coordinator:
Della Bryant,, 803-777-8179


Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

My favorite part of the art history program is the wide range of classes. There are also a lot of opportunities to see new exhibits, talk to visiting artists and participate in internships.

Tegan Campbell
Student Tegan Campbell poses in front of McKissick, at the end of the Horseshoe.

Graduate Degrees

The Master of Arts in Art History is offered through the School of Visual Art and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences.

M M.A. in Art History

Graduate Coordinator:
Bailey Watts Peterson,, 803-777-4184

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

Apply to Graduate School 

Learn more about The Graduate School, degree options and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.