Art History (BA)

USF art students critiquing artwork at the gallery.

Whether you’re planning a career as an artist, art historian, or museum professional, the study of Art History will give you the theoretical and historical foundation needed to build a life-long career in art. You’ll graduate with strong writing, creative thinking, and collaborative skills — which will enrich your own art, as well as make you a viable candidate for employment in museums and other art-related businesses.

USF’s Art History curriculum combines liberal arts courses with foundational and specialized art history courses. You’ll gain a global perspective through courses like:

  • European Art in the 20th Century
  • Baroque Art: Italy, Spain, Netherlands
  • Art in the Age of Michelangelo
  • American Art to 1945
  • Survey of Chinese Art
  • and Topics in Art History based on different topics that match student interests

Tailor Your Degree

Students often create a double major by combining Art History with Studio Art, Museum Studies, Graphic Design, or Communications.

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Group of faculty and students listening to a presentation in the art gallery at USF.

How You’ll Learn

From Faculty Experts

You’ll be taught and mentored by two doctoral-level art historians.

  • Dr. Esperanca Camara holds a Ph.D. from John Hopkins University where she focused on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. Her current research centers on religious art in 16th and 17th century Italy.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf has a Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington, where she specialized in American Studies and Art. She is the author of numerous journal articles, book reviews, and essays on American Art.

Through Real Experience

Art History majors develop practical skills through internships on campus and in community, including

  • The Fort Wayne Museum of Art
  • Local Galleries
  • USF’s On-campus Galleries

By Seeing the World

Art History students travel to Europe to study and experience great works of western art — for credit!

Career Outlook & Success


Median pay for curators, archivists and museum workers per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median pay (with a master’s degree) for historians per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


expected job growth for curators, archivists and museum workers

Career Success

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for graduate study or entry-level positions museums, galleries, non-profit agencies, and business engaged in buying, selling, and appraising art.

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Program Director

Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.
260-399-7700 ext. 8009