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Master of Arts Program in Art History

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for admission.

  1. The applicant must be approved by the department’s Committee on Graduate Study in Art History, which has the authority to recommend acceptance or rejection to the Office of Graduate Admissions. In making its selection, the committee will consider such factors as breadth and depth of preparation, level of achievement, and the suitability of the applicant’s interests to the curriculum.
  2. Applicants must have completed a minimum of four courses (normally 12 credits) in art history beyond the introductory level.
  3. Applicants must have completed at least two documented semesters of college-level study of a foreign language or the equivalent; equivalencies will be determined by the graduate committee. Applicants whose native language is not English may satisfy the first foreign language requirement with a TOEFL score of 575 or higher.
  4. A student may be conditionally admitted with the stipulation that any deficiencies in preparation be removed in the first year.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for the Master of Arts degree. Full details about program policies and expectations may be found in the handbook for MA candidates; each incoming student may obtain a copy of this handbook from the department office and is responsible for all schedules and guidelines outlined in it.

  1. Incoming students are assigned a faculty advisor for guidance in working out a course of study; students must consult with the advisor each semester and have their program approved before registration. Programs will be planned to allow for concentration on a field of special interest with, at the same time, a balanced range of study in other areas. Students must pass at least one course in three of the five broad areas of study: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance-Baroque, Modern, and Asia/Americas.
  2. Students accepted for matriculation in the program are required to pass a qualifying examination during their first semester. This examination, normally given during the opening weeks of each term, is intended to demonstrate general competence in art history. In case of failure, this examination may be retaken during the student’s second semester. Students failing twice may petition the department’s graduate committee for a third attempt, but may be asked to withdraw from the program. For a list of the artworks that students are required to know for the exam, and study photos of each work, go to MA Qualifying Exam - Study Images.
  3. ARTH 740 (Art History Methods Colloquium) is required of all students who have not taken a comparable undergraduate course in art-historical methods; the course must be taken during the student’s first year.
  4. Of the 30 credits required for the degree, 24 must be in art history. The remaining six credits may be taken in other departments (e.g., history, literature), with the approval of the advisor. The auditing of courses in art history at the college is recommended.
  5. At least two of the courses in art history must be seminars.
  6. Not later than the completion of the first 15 credits, each student must complete two college-level semesters of a second foreign language, or the equivalent, with a grade of B or better. The second foreign language must be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.
  7. A thesis is required. The student must obtain permission from an appropriate faculty member willing to serve as thesis advisor, who may be different from the student’s academic advisor. After arriving at a suitable topic, the student must submit to the graduate committee a brief abstract approved by the thesis advisor. Every thesis must also have a second faculty reader, who should be consulted before the thesis is begun.

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Chair: Tony Gonzalez
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Dept. Office: Klapper Hall 172
Phone: 718-997-4800     
Fax: 718-997-4835

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Dept. Office: Klapper Hall 168
Phone: 718-997-4803     
Fax: 718-997-4835 

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