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Art History: Cloister colonnade, Convento de San Pedro y San Pablo, 16th c.,  Acolman, Mexico
Art History: Cloister colonnade, Convento de San Pedro y San Pablo, 16th c., Acolman, Mexico

BA/MA in Art History

This new program is a demanding, accelerated program aimed primarily at our best undergraduates who are planning to pursue a Ph.D. at another institution. The typical student will be a student writing an honors thesis who will use that project as the basis for developing the M.A. thesis.  This program is open only to students enrolled in the B.A. art history degree program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Students may not pursue double majors and also participate in a concurrent B.A./M.A. degree.

For the B.A. in Art History, students are required to complete:

  • Foundations 6 credits (ARTS 1010 and ARTS 1020)
  • World Art 6 credits (ARTH 1300 and ARTH 1400)
  • ARTH 4919 capstone seminar
  • 3 3000-level ARTH courses
  • 3 4000-level ARTH courses
  • 2 ARTH or ARTS electives
  • coursework must be distributed in three areas: Ancient/non-Western; Medieval/Early Modern; Modern/Contemporary; and at least one course must be non-Western

For the M.A. in Art History, students are required to complete:

  • 30 credit hours (8 courses plus 6 credits in thesis hours)
  • coursework must be distributed in four areas: Medieval, Early Modern (Renaissance & Baroque), Americas,  Modern, Contemporary, Critical Theory/Museology
  • one course must be out of the department at 3000-level or above
  • First Year review
  • Comprehensive Exams in their major and minor fields
  • Pre-thesis review (of thesis abstract);
  • Thesis and oral defense.

Students will complete and submit their M.A. theses (in fulfillment of all graduate college requirements) by the end of the fifth year. Once the principal advisor has accepted the thesis, the final requirement will be an oral examination focusing on its methodology and subject matter. The two degrees will be awarded simultaneously upon meeting all degree requirements.

BA/MA Details

Other degree requirements

  1. There will be a formal application process with letters of recommendation, statement of intent, transcripts, and so on, as required for the two-year M.A. program.  Applications should be submitted by the end of their junior year.
  2. Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.6 or above in the major of art history at the time of application. The GPA requirements for the major may be waived at the discretion of the Art History faculty by a general vote of that faculty.
  3. By the end of the fourth year (senior year), students must complete the language requirement of at least three progressive semesters at the college level or above, in a language appropriate to their studies, following University requirements for the B.A. degree.