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Art History

A degree in art history opens doors to many career options, and our graduates are a diverse group. From independent curators and teachers to museum directors and professors, our graduates have followed a variety of paths.

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum in Art History gives students a broad knowledge of art and the cultures that generate it. Students develop skills in theory, research, analysis and criticism. The Master of Arts allows students to pursue in-depth knowledge in areas such as Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, 18th-century to contemporary European art and architecture, American art and architecture, modern Chinese art, and photographic and film history.

View the list of Spring 2020 courses.


Your Future in Art History

A degree in Art History opens doors to many career options. Graduates with a BA or MA in Art History generally pursue careers in gallery or museum administration, teaching, or working within historical organizations. Some Art History majors may continue onto graduate school for a PhD and become university professors or museum curators. Others may put the critical and analytical training they acquired through Art History to good use by continuing their education with advanced degrees in alternative fields, such as Law or Business.

 Alumni of the University of South Carolina’s Art History program have gone on to hold successful careers in a number of fields, including:

 * Executive Director at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

* Deputy Director at the Columbia Museum of Art

* Senior Curator at the Dallas Museum of Art

* Assistant Professor of Art History at Florida State University

* Gallery Manager and antiques dealer in New York City

* Self-employed Art Appraiser in Greenville, SC

* Interlibrary Loan Manager in the University of South Carolina Libraries

* Art Librarian at the University of Louisville

* Librarian at a public library in North Carolina

* Fulbright Scholar in Germany

* Adjunct Instructor at the State College of Florida

* Art Teacher at an international school in China

* PhD Candidate in Visual Communication

* Social Media Manager for an art investment company

* Assistant Registrar at The Chrysler Museum

* Programs Director at United Way of the Midlands

* Intern at Crawford Conservation in Lexington, SC

* Independent Curator in Paris

* Elementary School Teacher in Lexington, SC

* Curatorial Assistant at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

For more information about the many opportunities and career paths available to those with a degree in Art History, follow the following link:

 What Can I Do with This Major?



How to apply to graduate program in Art History:

 Visit The Graduate School and create an account. Follow the instructions to submit an online application to the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina.

 The Graduate School requires applicants to submit the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  2. Standardized Test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Two letters of professional recommendation, at least one must be from a previous professor
  5. Application
  6. Application Fee
  7. English Proficiency Requirement*
  8. Other Supporting Materials**

* An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

 We also require the following supporting materials:

1. Cover letter
2. Sample of academic writing
3. Statement of purpose (not to exceed 500 words)
4. Resume/CV

All supporting materials must be digitially attached to the online application through the Graduate School. 

Please direct questions to Andrew Graciano at

Application Deadline: March 1.


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