MA Requirements

Credits and Courses

Thesis Track: MA in Art History with an Emphasis on Methods and Criticism

Minimum degree requirement is 30 graduate credits in Art History, of which a minimum of 18 credits must be 700- to 900-level courses. The 18 credits must include:

ARTHIST 700Proseminar in Art History 13
ARTHIST 891Art Museum Internship3
6 credits of ArtHist 990 Thesis Research
But may not include: 2
ARTHIST 703Introduction to Art Museum Studies I3
ARTHIST 704Introduction to Art Museum Studies II3

Under special circumstances, 3 credits in 700- to 900-level work may be substituted for 3 of the 6 credits of thesis research. In addition, students may take a maximum of 6 credits of independent research (890, 891 and/or 999); however, these credits may not be taken in the first 6 credits of graduate work in the Department, and not until all deficiencies (if any) have been satisfied. Furthermore, they may not be counted toward the required 18 credits of 700- to 900-level courses. They will count, however, toward the overall number of credits needed to graduate. 

Of the total 30 credits, 12 credits must be distributed across three of the following four areas: Ancient-Medieval; Renaissance-Baroque; Modern (1750-the Present including Film); and non-Western. At least 9 of these credits must be taken in courses numbered 700 or above.

The following courses may not be used to satisfy the distribution requirement, although they will count toward the overall number of credits needed to graduate:

ARTHIST 351English Art: 1550-18503
ARTHIST 353American Art: Colonial Period - 18703
ARTHIST 355American Folk Art3
ARTHIST 459American Architecture3
ARTHIST 703Introduction to Art Museum Studies I3
ARTHIST 704Introduction to Art Museum Studies II3

Upon petition to the director of graduate studies, a student may be permitted to take up to 6 credits in appropriate areas outside Art History (e.g., anthropology, literature, history, music history, philosophy, film).

Thesis

In addition to completing all the coursework required for the degree, the student must write a thesis on a subject selected in consultation with the advisor. This study must demonstrate the student’s ability to organize material and her/his familiarity with relevant research methods and art-historical literature. The student must pass an oral defense of the thesis.

Curatorial Track: MA in Art History with an Emphasis on Museums and Curatorial Practice

Minimum degree requirement is 30 graduate credits in Art History, of which a minimum of 18 credits must be 700- to 900-level courses. The 18 credits must include:

ARTHIST 700Proseminar in Art History *3
ARTHIST 891Art Museum Internship3
6 credits of ArtHist 991 Thesis Exhibition

The following courses do not count toward the required 18 credits above the 700 level, but they are required for the 30 credits toward the degree. 

ARTHIST 703Introduction to Art Museum Studies I3
ARTHIST 704Introduction to Art Museum Studies II3

Under special circumstances, 3 credits in 700- to 900-level work may be substituted for 3 of the 6 credits of thesis research. In addition, students may take a maximum of 6 credits of independent research (890, 891 and/or 999); however, these credits may not be taken in the first 6 credits of graduate work in the Department, and not until all deficiencies (if any) have been satisfied. Furthermore, they may not be counted toward the required 18 credits of 700- to 900-level courses. They will count, however, toward the overall number of credits needed to graduate. All students must take the Proseminar in Art History (ArtHist 700) in their first fall semester.

Of the total 30 credits,12 credits must be distributed across three of the following four areas: Ancient-Medieval; Renaissance-Baroque; Modern (1750-the Present including Film); and non-Western. At least 9 of these credits must be taken in courses numbered 700 or above. The following courses may not be used to satisfy the distribution requirement, although they will count toward the overall number of credits needed to graduate:

ARTHIST 351English Art: 1550-18503
ARTHIST 353American Art: Colonial Period - 18703
ARTHIST 355American Folk Art3
ARTHIST 459American Architecture3

Upon petition to the graduate advisor, a student may be permitted to take up to 6 credits in appropriate areas outside Art History (e.g., anthropology, literature, history, music history, philosophy, film).

Exhibition

The student on this curatorial track must also organize an exhibition accompanied by a scholarly catalog on a subject selected in consultation with the advisor. This exhibition must demonstrate the student’s ability to organize material and her/his familiarity with relevant research methods and art historical literature. The exhibition is considered the equivalent of a formal thesis and the accompanying written work must be submitted to the Graduate School in appropriate format.