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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.


View the list of Spring 2020 courses.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

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. Learn about the major requirements on the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

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. Upon entering the program, students take a proficiency exam to establish their knowledge of art history. Before completing the program, students complete a foreign language examination and write and defend a thesis.
View the full list of requirements in the M.A. degree program on the Graduate Bulletin

Your Future in Art History

A degree in Art History opens doors to many career options. Graduates with a B.A. or M.A. 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 Ph.D. 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, visit What Can I Do with This Major? 


Graduate Program in Art History

To apply to the Master of Arts program in Art History, visit the Graduate School and create an account. Follow the instructions to submit an online graduate application.

Application Deadline

March 1

  1. A baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  2. Standardized Test scores (GRE)
  3. Official Transcripts from institutions attended for credit
  4. Two letters of professional recommendation, at least one must be from a previous professor
  5. Online Applicatio and application fee
  6. English Proficiency Requirement*
  7. Required Supporting Materials**

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

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. 

Please direct questions to Andrew Graciano, Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies, at


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