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Art History at South Carolina

Art history gives students a broad knowledge of Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Students develop skills in theory, research, analysis and criticism.

What to Expect

The art history program offers courses in the areas of ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, American, Asian and African art. In addition, surveys and special-topics courses in art history are offered on a regular basis.

All courses are taught by faculty with graduate assistants serving as tutorial leaders. You can gain additional experience through research and internship opportunities.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. with a major in art history

The art history program in the School of Visual Art and Design allows for specialization in Renaissance, Baroque, 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century, and American art and architecture, as well as film and photographic history. In addition, surveys and special-topics courses in art history are offered on a regular basis.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Art History:

  • History of Western Art I and II
  • Methodologies of Art History
  • History of Modern Architecture
  • African Art
  • History of Cinema
  • Topics in Ancient Art
  • Contemporary American Art

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.


Graduate Degrees

Those desiring a Master of Arts in Art History through the College of Arts and Sciences pursue in-depth knowledge in areas such as Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, 18th-century contemporary European art and architecture, American art and architecture, and photographic and film history.

M M.A. in Art History

Graduate Director: Andrew Graciano, 803-777-6631
Program Contact: Evelyn Wong, 803-777-6438

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

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.