Department of Art and Art History Art History

MA Degree Information

Program of Work

Students must select one of four tracks offered:

  • General (Allows students to cover diverse historical areas of art history)
  • Ancient (Western and Non-Western)
  • Medieval to Early Modern
  • Modern

Each track has the following program of work:

Course Requirements Number of Courses Hours
Art Historical Methods (ARH 395) 1 3
Art History Graduate Seminars 4 12
Art History Elective 1 3
Approved Courses Outside Department 2 6
Thesis Research (ARH 698A) 1 3
Thesis Writing (ARH 698B) 1 3
Total: 30

Language Requirement

MA students must have reading/translation competence in at least one modern language in addition to English. The additional language will be relevant to the student's areas of study and will allow the student to understand the scholarship of his or her field. The language will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and the choice is subject to ratification by the Graduate Studies Committee.

This requirement can be fulfilled in one of the following ways and must be satisfied by the end of the third long semester in residence.

  • Four semesters of college-level language courses passed at grade B or above. Advanced placement credit can count towards the required number of courses
  • Departmental exam to test translation proficiency in French, Spanish, Italian and German (and other languages as petitioned by students) administered three times each year (beginning and end of fall semester, and once during spring semester) by two faculty members

To compensate for the exceptional difficulty involved, students who plan on qualifying in a language other than the traditional European languages may be allowed, after consultation with the graduate advisor and after petitioning the faculty, to substitute an instructional course in that language in place of a supporting (i.e. out-of-department) course


During the semester of enrollment in Thesis Research (ARH 698A)—usually in the third long semester of residence and after the completion of 18 hours of coursework—the student presents a topic for faculty approval in a Thesis Colloquium. The colloquium begins with an informal presentation of no more than five minutes. Discussion of the student's topic with the faculty follows, after which the faculty presents the student with recommendations. The colloquium is intended to be an informal conversation with the faculty concerning the topic, its feasibility, and potential pitfalls that might affect the student's ability to complete the research project successfully. This discussion will provide the student with ideas and suggestions that will help him or her in developing the thesis.

Enrollment in Thesis Writing (ARH 698B) may take place only after an approved colloquium presentation.