Graduate students can take graduate colloquia (700 +) or 300+ lecture courses to satisfy the distribution requirement for the MA Graduate students are required to take at least 18 credits at the 700/900 level. The 18 credits include ArtHist 700 (Proseminar in Art History) but exclude ArtHist 703 and 704 (Introduction to Museum Studies I & II). 6 of the 18 credits should be taken in thesis research (ArtHist 990).
What is a graduate colloquium?
A graduate colloquium is a low enrollment discussion-based course that usually meets once a week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Colloquia focus on a specific topic (see below) and allow for a more in-depth study of historiography, methodology, and major themes in a particular art-historical field. Students are expected to read, write, and contribute to class discussion. Weekly readings can exceed 100 pages a week. Assignments usually include weekly writing assignments, a 20-30 page paper, and a 30-45 minute presentation. Graduate colloquia typically do not have exams.
Sample Colloquia Topics
- Van Gogh
Bronze Age Arts and Cultures of China
Contemporary Art Cinema
Gender in Pre-Columbian Art
Arts and Crafts Movement
Roman Copies or Greek Sculpture
Medieval Narrative Arts
Art of the 1860s
Spirituality in Golden Age Spain
Art and Identity in Sixteenth-Century Mexico
The Parthenon and the Athenian Acropolis
Art of the 1950s
American Art 1900-1945
Problems in Iconography