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Art History M.A.

Art History
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Art History, University of Minnesota, 338 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4500; fax: 612-626-8679)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 36
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Areas of specialization in the art history master's degree program include: North American, ancient Mediterranean, ancient Western Asia, early modern, East Asian, Islamic, medieval, modern, contemporary, film/photography, and South Asian. The master's is the first stage of the linked MA/PhD graduate program in Art History. The department does not offer a terminal master's degree.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For the MA program, a bachelor's degree is required, preferably in art history or a closely related field. Ability and scholarly promise must be demonstrated by a past record of academic excellence.
Special Application Requirements:
For the M.A. program, results from the GRE General Test, at least one substantial research paper preferably in art history, and three letters of recommendation from persons well acquainted with the applicant's research and writing skills are required. In addition, M.A. applicants must provide a detailed statement describing previous experience and academic training as related to the projected course of study and academic goals.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B capstone project requires two Plan B papers demonstrating the student's mastery of the essential skills of scholarship. One paper is written on a subject in the area of the student's primary concentration. This paper is supervised by the student's academic adviser. The second paper is written on a subject in the area of the student's secondary concentration and is supervised by someone other than the academic adviser. Term papers or seminar reports may serve as the basis for the Plan B papers, or the topic may be the result of independent study. The student and the project supervisor should decide upon the length for the chosen topic. The projects are evaluated and approved by two art history graduate faculty, one of whom is the project supervisor. Both are required to sign the title page of the paper. Upon completion of the Plan B papers, they should be submitted to the Graduate Studies secretary.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Language Requirement: Reading proficiency in a second language.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Art History Department Courses
Within this the following concentrations and electives, students must fulfill the following distribution requirements in courses taken in the Art History department: 1) Global Perspectives Requirement (1 course) 2) Art history seminars at the 8xxx level (2 courses) - This requirement is in addition to ARTH 8001, and excluding ARTH 8975.
Primary Concentration
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 5xxx
· ARTH 8xxx
Secondary Concentration
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 5xxx
· ARTH 8xxx
Required Art History Courses
ARTH 8001 - Art Historiography: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
Take 3 additional credits from either...
ARTH 5xxx
or ARTH 8xxx
Take 9 or more credits. At least 3 of these credits must be from the following:
ARTH 5xxx
or ARTH 8xxx
Outside Coursework
Take remaining 6 credits in courses that do not focus on art history in content outside of the department.
Concentration Areas
Examples of potential concentrations include:
North American Ancient Mediterranean Ancient Western Asia Early Modern East Asian Islamic Medieval Modern Contemporary Film/Photography South Asian
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ARTH 8001 - Art Historiography: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Key texts, from Renaissance to present, from western/non-western fields, relating to history/criticism of both art and visual culture. Focuses on recent critical theory, its re-examination of assumptions underlying the discipline.