MA – Thesis Track

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

This option is designed primarily for the student who wishes to pursue a specialized problem in greater depth than would be possible in normal course structure as well as provide students with a solid academic foundation on which to base a variety of careers in the arts, or to prepare them for PhD level work at other universities. 

  1. Minimum Degree Requirement: 30 graduate credits in Art History, of which a minimum of at least 18 credits in courses numbered 700 or 900-level (excluding 703 and 704 and independent research 890, 891 and 999). Six of the 18 credits should be taken in thesis research (ArtHist990).
  1. Required Courses: ArtHist700: Proseminar; and ArtHist 891: Museum Internship. No more than two semesters of ArtHist 891 may be taken for credit (max 6 credits). 
  1. Distribution Requirement: 3 credits each in the following four areas: Ancient/Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern/Contemporary (1750 to the Present, including Film), and Non-Western. At least 6 of these credits must be taken in courses numbered 700 or above.
  1. Language Examination: Must be completed by the time the student has amassed nine credit hours of course work.
  1. Thesis: 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 familiarity with research methods and art-historical literature pertinent to the student’s topic and area of interest.
  1. Oral Defense: The student must pass an oral defense of the thesis.


General Guidelines 

Graduate Grievance Procedures 

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.