Art History, MA

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The master’s degree program in art history is intended for students who wish to acquire a broad knowledge of art history, as well as of the field's theoretical and historical foundations. The MA is intended to prepare students who plan to continue for a PhD in art history as well as for students interested in careers in museums, galleries, and nonprofit organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • basic understanding of the development of the history and methodology of art history;
  • basic understanding of primary source material in five of the following distribution fields: African, architecture, Asian, ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, 18th- and 19th-century European, American, and modern/contemporary;
  • reading proficiency in either French or German;
  • skill in visual analysis;
  • skill in contextual analysis based on relevant research;
  • sustained critical thinking, writing, and speaking abilities; and
  • knowledge and skills necessary to be effective teaching assistants for courses numbered 1000–1999.