Why Study Art History at USC?
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
Art history combines the study of art with the study of culture. The undergraduate major provides general knowledge of the history of art and, through upper-division courses, specialized knowledge in a variety of areas. Majors are exposed to a diversity of theoretical approaches and encouraged to sharpen their critical and conceptual thinking skills. This foundation has enabled many art history graduates to pursue advanced degrees in nationally recognized programs, to enter diverse fields, and to pursue careers in the arts.
Minor in Art History
The art history minor offers a concentrated course of study that includes a variety of objects from different historical periods and cultures in relation to their makers, patrons, viewers and critics. Students in the minor are trained to analyze visual images and information through a process of intensive looking, reading, research and writing.
Minor in Visual Culture
A critical approach to art history is the departure point for the minor in visual culture, which is dedicated to the analysis of the visual arts, broadly defined to include fine art, film and television, photography and video, illustrated books, advertising, architecture, and design. Students in the visual culture minor elect from one of three concentrations: photography, film, and the reproduction of images; popular culture; or gender and sexuality.
Students that study abroad gain a special perspective on the world beyond their own borders, which will benefit them throughout the rest of their lives. Studying abroad for a semester or year is one of the best ways to understand a different culture in a meaningful way. It is an experience that can have a profound impact on a student academically, personally, and professionally. USC College and the Art History Department encourages students to consider including studying abroad in their undergraduate experience. To further explore overseas studies, please visit the following website: http://www.college.usc.edu//overseas-studies/
Doctorate of Philosophy in Art History
The PhD program draws its strength from a dynamic and productive faculty in the fields of American, European, Latin American, and Asian art. Studying objects in their complex physical, cultural and intellectual contexts, our faculty is committed to a historically situated and theoretically nuanced approach to art history and visual culture. Faculty research interests include the institutional settings and politics of art; sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, and national identity; the force field of architecture, sculpture and ritual; the viewer’s role in representation; art and language, and the historiography of art history. As a faculty we are committed to a sustained dialogue between art history and its traditions, novel areas of inquiry, and innovative approaches. Our program features strong ties to the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, the USC-Getty Program in the History of Collecting and Display, the interdisciplinary initiative in Visual, Literary and Material Culture at USC, and the USC Visual Studies Graduate Certificate.