MA in Art History

The master's program in art history offers a broad historical understanding of the visual arts, in addition to helping students develop critical thinking and methodological skills in art history. Students address these issues through coursework, seminars, independent research, and teaching experience. Students complete their degree either by writing a thesis or by submitting two qualifying papers; either option involves an independent research topic designed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Program Requirements and Policies

  • Reading knowledge of one non-English language is required for entry into this program.
  • Students must complete eight semester-long courses in art history at the advanced level (100 and above) including HAA 101: Historiography & Methodology, and at least three seminars.
  • A graduate level language course in a second foreign language may be taken in lieu of a lecture course with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Students must write a master's thesis or two qualifying papers.
  • Students must also take a comprehensive exam before their second year in the program.