ART HISTORY (MA only)
The Master of Arts Degree in Art Program with a concentration in Art History is primarily designed for those who wish to pursue the study of art history beyond the undergraduate level in order to broaden and intensify knowledge and to develop research skills. The program provides students with a solid foundation at an advanced level that may lead to professional and/or further educational opportunities such as: teaching at the junior college level, employment in the museum field or enrollment in a Ph.D. program in Art History.
- BA in Art History or the equivalent, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and a minimum of 18 units of upper-division art history including Art 311 (Bibliography, Research Methods and Historiography) or its equivalent
- 3 letters of recommendations from professionals in the field
- Written statement of purpose
- Passing score on the Graduate Record Exam (50 percentile or above in at least one of the
three areas of the exam)
- Two samples of academic writing which demonstrate art historical research skills
Requirements for Classified Graduate Status
- Pass the University Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam
- Pass the Art History Classification (Comprehensive) Exam. The three-hour Classification Exam is comprised of questions from the student’s concentration in art history in one of the following area: a. Art of the Ancient Near East b. Art of the Ancient Greece and Rome c. Art of the 19th to 21st Century d. Art of Africa e. Art of Latin and Native America f. Asian Art
- Pass the Foreign Language Exam in French or German. Another language may be substituted when the thesis advisor deems it appropriate to the thesis topic. The examination is administered by the Foreign Language Department once a semester. The text for the exam is selected by the student
- Completion of 12 units in art history at the 400 level or above, including at least 1 class at the 500 or 600 level. Upon reaching Classified Status, students must form a thesis committee and select a thesis advisor. Students must complete an additional 12 units at the 500 or 600 level which must include ART 611, 615, and 2 semesters of 619 (graduate seminar in Art History)
- 30 units of graduate study
- a minimum of 21 units at the 500/600 levels.
The following courses are required:
- ART 611 (3 units)
- ART 615 (3units)
- ART 619 (6 units)
- ART 698 (6 units)
Guidelines for preparation of the thesis are available at the Graduate Studies Office or on-line. The manual includes general thesis requirements, approval procedures, manuscript requirements, style and bibliographic form, and other pertinent information.