Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30, or 36 if the optional concentration in Arts Management is pursued

Required Courses:

MA with a Focus on Research

Core Course
ARTH 5601Historiography of Art History 13
Electives 212
Art History Distribution Courses
In at least three distribution areas, select a total of four courses from the following:12
Earliest to 1400
ARTH 5510
Topics in Ancient Art
ARTH 5520
Topics in Medieval Art
ARTH 5621
Archeological Program
ARTH 8610
Seminar in Ancient Art
ARTH 8620
Seminar in Medieval Art
ARTH 9183
Archaeological Program
ARTH 5530
Topics in Renaissance Art
ARTH 5540
Topics in Early Modern Art
ARTH 5630
Topics in Renaissance Art II
ARTH 8630
Problems in Renaissance Art
ARTH 8635
Problems in Northern Renaissance Art
ARTH 8640
Seminar in Global Baroque Art
ARTH 5097
Graduate Design: Graduate Design Theory
ARTH 5350
Topics in Arts Administration
ARTH 5351
Introduction to Arts Management Practice: Mission, Values and Community
ARTH 5370
Topics in Contemporary Art
ARTH 5403
History of Modern Crafts and Design
ARTH 5405
History of Photography
ARTH 5460
Topics in Contemporary Art
ARTH 5550
Topics in 19th-Century Art
ARTH 5560
Topics in 20th-Century Art
ARTH 5660
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
ARTH 5665
Modern and Contemporary Art in Latin America
ARTH 5670
Topics in Contemporary Art
ARTH 8401
Text + Image: Framing the Modern Illustrated Book
ARTH 8402
Introduction to Critical Thinking and Practice
ARTH 8460
Seminar in Contemporary Art
ARTH 8470
Seminar in Modern Art
ARTH 8475
Seminar in 19th-Century Art
ARTH 8480
Seminar in Early Modern Art
ARTH 8500
Seminar in Arts Management
ARTH 8560
Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art
ARTH 8660
Seminar in 20th-Century Art
ARTH 8665
Seminar in 21st-Century Art
ARTH 8872
Arts Management Capstone
ARTH 5408
The History of Printmaking and Print Culture
Research Course
ARTH 9995Research for Qualifying Paper3
Total Credit Hours30

Upon admission to the MA program, students are expected to complete ARTH 5601 during their first Fall term.


With approval from the Graduate Director, 6 credits of electives may be taken outside of Art History.

OR MA with Optional Concentration in Arts Management

Core Courses
ARTH 5351Introduction to Arts Management Practice: Mission, Values and Community3
ARTH 5601Historiography of Art History 13
Art History Electives9
Open Electives12
Culminating Courses
ARTH 8872Arts Management Capstone3
ARTH 9585Internship Seminar3
ARTH 9586Internship Seminar3
Total Credit Hours36

Upon admission to the MA program, students are expected to complete ARTH 5601 during their first Fall term.

Language Examination: All MA students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language.

Culminating Events:
Qualifying Paper:
For the research-focused master's degree, students enroll in ARTH 9995. The qualifying paper engages the student in acquiring an understanding of how to conduct research using primary and secondary sources; a knowledge of art history that is rooted in historical, cultural, stylistic and ethical analysis; and the skills to write critical evaluations of artwork in their historical, cultural and stylistic contexts.

Selection of the research project requires the approval of the student’s primary advisor, who is chosen by the end of a student's first year of study. The primary advisor guides the student in writing the qualifying paper, which is to be 25-30 pages in length. The qualifying paper entails rethinking, elaboration and expansion of a research project already composed for a class, with the addition of concentrated research time and/or a different methodological framework to extend the scope of the paper, producing a product that contains original work. The qualifying paper requires the approval of two readers.

The Arts Management concentration requires 6 credits of internship supervised by the Arts Management Concentration Advisor. Three of these credits are taken in the second academic term of study, and three credits are taken in the last academic term concurrent with the required capstone class.