Department of Art & Art History

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Art History: José de Alcíbar, Sor María Ignacia de la Sangre de Cristo, 1777
Art History: José de Alcíbar, Sor María Ignacia de la Sangre de Cristo, 1777

MA in Art History

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Art History is a two-year program intended to give the student a broad general knowledge of Art History. A student who has achieved a distinguished record in this M.A. program should be well prepared for acceptance into a doctoral program in Art History. This program is intended as well to give those who do not intend to pursue a doctoral degree the background for work in museums and galleries, for teaching, for work in art and slide libraries, and for critically and historically informed writing in the field of Art History.

The program offers studies leading to the M.A. degree in the following areas: Medieval art; Early Modern & Renaissance art; Baroque art; Latin American; Asian art, Modern art; Contemporary art; Critical theory/Museology.

Advanced students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary approaches as well as to enhance their program of study with cognate courses in other departments such as History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, English Literature, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies and Classics. Students complete their degree by writing an M.A. thesis.

Our faculty offer a rich selection of seminar topics on their current research interests and in response to student demand. Our intimate atmosphere offers exceptional mentoring to graduate students, teaching assistants, and a Visiting Scholars program that brings additional distinguished, innovative art historians and critics to campus to work directly with the students and to present public lectures on their current work.
Areas of Specialization Include:

  • Asian Art
  • Medieval Art
  • Renaissance Art and Art Theory
  • Modern Art
  • Latin American
  • Contemporary Art and Architecture
  • Critical Theory

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