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Bachelor of Arts in Art and Architectural History/ Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History 4+1 Degree Program

Students can expect to complete the degree program sequence through a program of 5 1/2 or 6 years of study, though students may accelerate through winter intersession or summer study.
 

Degree Requirements

Introductory Courses

AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
AAH 122 History of Art and Architecture II

Intermediate Courses

AAH 305 Theory and Methods of Art and Architectural History

And SIX from the following menu of options:

AAH 311 History of American Art
AAH 312 History of Modern Art
AAH 313 Arts and Architecture of Africa
AAH 317 Giotto to Leonardo
AAH 318 Michelangelo to Vasari
AAH 319 History of Italian Renaissance Art
AAH 320 The Art of Buon Fresco
AAH 321 Art and Architecture in the Classical World
AAH 322 Art and Architecture in the Medieval World
AAH 323 Art and Architecture in the Islamic World
ARCH 324 Evolution of Urban Form
ARCH 325 History of Modern Architecture
ARCH 327 History of American Architecture
ARCH 328 Renaissance Architecture in Perspective
ARCH 329 History of Landscape Architecture
AAH 330 Topics in Art and Architectural History
HP 341 Pre-industrial America
HP 342 Industrial America

Advanced Seminars

AAH 505 Art and Architectural History Theory and Methods Seminar

And THREE of the following:

AAH 421 Issues in Contemporary Art
AAH 430 Special Topics in Art and Architectural History
ARCH 478 Dutch Architecture: An Enduring 20th Century Legacy
AAH 523 Nature and Art
AAH 530 Special Topics in Art and Architectural History
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar
ARCH 573 Modernism in the Non-Western World
ARCH 575 Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 576 Theoretical Origins of Modernism
ARCH 577 The American Skyscraper

400 level courses in Art and Architectural History from the Institute for Fine and Liberal Arts of the Palazzo Rucellai.

OR

AAH 450 Senior Thesis

Elective Requirement
The completion of eleven electives offered at the advanced level is required for graduation.

In addition to the undergraduate program, students in the B.A./M.A. in Art + Architectural History 4+1 program must complete the minimum of 36 RWU credit hours at the graduate level and an internship through the SAAHP Career Investment Program. These 500- and 600-level courses include three-credit classes, a travel course (as an option) of three credits. See Master of Arts degree requirements below.

All accepted Master’s students will, in conference with their advisor, develop a personal degree program to include electives from select, existing graduate-level offerings, as needed, in SAAHP (art and architectural history, historic preservation, and architecture) and related graduate programs in the university.
 
Students accepted to the Master’s program who do not have a Bachelor of Arts in art and architectural history will, in conference with their advisor, develop a customized degree program to include, as needed, select, existing  undergraduatelevel courses that are already part of the B.A. in Art and Architectural History curriculum and/or university offerings.
 
Undergraduate coursework or language course work necessary to meet the graduate degree expectations will not count toward the Master’s curriculum total. At least 30 graduate credits must be taken at RWU.
 

Thesis Option
The thesis represents the culminating intellectual experience in the Master’s program. This written essay of publishable quality is produced over two semesters of seminar work in the Research Methods and Thesis courses with an advisor in the area of the student’s research interest. The end product will be evaluated by at least two Graduate Faculty members.  Detailed guidelines for this research paper will be provided. Master’s papers are presented at an end-of year, day-long public seminar and are accessioned by the University library to form an archive of collected student scholarly resources.

Course Distribution
All students must fulfill a distribution requirement. At least one course must be taken in four of the following eight areas of study with a minimum of one of the four in a region beyond Europe and the Americas:

  • Ancient Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
  • Byzantine and Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture
  • Modern European Art and Architecture
  • Art and Architecture of the Americas
  • Art and Architecture of Africa
  • Art and Architecture of Asia
  • Islamic Art and Architecture

Concentration in Art History or Architectural History
For the optional Master’s degree concentration in art history or in architectural history, students may elect to focus on one of these two fields of study represented in the department. They must complete six of their twelve graduate courses in either Architectural History or Art History. The core course and thesis requirements are the same as the MA in the more integrated Master of Arts degree in Arts and Architecture.

Complementary Coursework
With the approval of their advisor, students may take courses in the culture, literature, history, and philosophy of their areas of interest. These courses, as well as language courses and studio art courses do not count towards the degree. In the second year of full-time study, or final year of part-time study, students must register for one research methods thesis course and one thesis seminar in which they work under the close supervision of a faculty advisor, thus completing the 36 credit requirement.

Foreign Languages
In addition to completing the required course work, each student must demonstrate mastery of intermediate level reading proficiency in one foreign language related to their research interests by completing two courses at the intermediate level in that language or by equivalent certification through examination.

Student Internship and Employment
Through the graduate program every student is required to complete an Internship through the SAAHP Career Investment Program which provides students with a supervised practical environment in which to practice professional skills at a governmental office or agency, nonprofit museum or gallery, or private arts institution. This experience may lead to future positions in the field.

4+1 Bachelor of Arts + Master of Arts Threshold Review: Junior Year Review
Students are required to have achieved and maintained a 2.67 cumulative GPA through the end of the sixth semester in order to enter directly into the 4+1 Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History Degree Program. All B.A. in Art and Architectural History students are reviewed for achievement of these standards at this time, and notified of their eligibility to continue with the 4+1 sequence. Students must notify the school of their intention to pursue this 4+1 track.

Students pursuing the 4+1 Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History degree sequence subsequently complete all 500-600 level coursework at graduate academic standards, which include achieving a minimum passing grade of B- in any 500-600 level course, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all 500-600 level courses. Students with Senior Standing and who have achieved a 2.67 cumulative GPA may register for graduate coursework with approval of the instructor and the dean.

Graduate Course Grading, GPA and Graduation Requirements
The minimum passing grade in graduate-level courses is a B-(2.67). The minimum GPA for M.A. in Art and Architectural History graduate students is 3.0.

Duration of Study
Full-time students are expected to complete all requirements for the MA degree in two years. Parttime completion of the MA is also possible; part-time students typically complete the degree in three to five years. With careful planning, undergraduate students or incoming graduate students with advanced standing, and in consultation with their advisor, can complete the degree requirements in an accelerated time-frame. For  example, courses may be taken in winter sessions or as the program develops, in summer mini-mesters, or summer sessions. The program for all MA candidates is determined in discussion with the student’s advisor and is a mix of seminar and lecture courses.

Course Catalog

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Elective Offerings

Advanced Level Course Options

AAH 520 Themes in World Arts and Architecture
AAH 521 Issues in Contemporary Art
AAH 522 Sacred Spaces
AAH 523 Nature and Art
AAH 530 Special Topics/Travel Course: Arts and Architecture of Time and Place
AAH 531 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Classical World
AAH 532 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Medieval World
AAH 533 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture
AAH 534 Topics in Modern Art and Architecture
AAH 535 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Americas
AAH 536 Topics in Art and Architecture of Africa
AAH 537 Topics in Art and Architecture of Asia
AAH 538 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Islamic World
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar
AAH 650 Thesis
ARCH 573 Modernism in the Non-Western World
ARCH 576 Theoretical Origins of Modernism
ARCH 577 The American Skyscraper

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Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History

Degree Requirements

Advanced Seminars

AAH 505 Art and Architectural History Theory and Methods Seminar

Elective Requirement
The completion of eleven electives offered at the advanced level is required for graduation.

Thesis Option
The thesis represents the culminating intellectual experience in the Master’s program. This written essay of publishable quality is produced over two semesters of seminar work in the Research Methods and Thesis courses with an advisor in the area of the student’s research interest. The end product will be evaluated by at least two Graduate Faculty members.  Detailed guidelines for this research paper will be provided. Master’s papers are presented at an end-of year, day-long public seminar and are accessioned by the University library to form an archive of collected student scholarly resources.

Course Distribution
All students must fulfill a distribution requirement. At least one course must be taken in four of the following eight areas of study with a minimum of one of the four in a region beyond Europe and the Americas:

  • Ancient Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
  • Byzantine and Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture
  • Modern European Art and Architecture
  • Art and Architecture of the Americas
  • Art and Architecture of Africa
  • Art and Architecture of Asia
  • Islamic Art and Architecture

Concentration in Art History or Architectural History
For the optional Master’s degree concentration in art history or in architectural history, students may elect to focus on one of these two fields of study represented in the department. They must complete six of their twelve graduate courses in either Architectural History or Art History. The core course and thesis requirements are the same as the MA in the more integrated Master of Arts degree in Arts and Architecture.

Complementary Coursework
With the approval of their advisor, students may take courses in the culture, literature, history, and philosophy of their areas of interest. These courses, as well as language courses and studio art courses do not count towards the degree. In the second year of full-time study, or final year of part-time study, students must register for one research methods thesis course and one thesis seminar in which they work under the close supervision of a faculty advisor, thus completing the 36 credit requirement.

Foreign Languages
In addition to completing the required course work, each student must demonstrate mastery of intermediate level reading proficiency in one foreign language related to their research interests by completing two courses at the intermediate level in that language or by equivalent certification through examination.

Student Internship and Employment
Through the graduate program every student is required to complete an Internship through the SAAHP Career Investment Program which provides students with a supervised practical environment in which to practice professional skills at a governmental office or agency, nonprofit museum or gallery, or private arts institution. This experience may lead to future positions in the field.

4+1 Bachelor of Arts + Master of Arts Threshold Review: Junior Year Review
Students are required to have achieved and maintained a 2.67 cumulative GPA through the end of the sixth semester in order to enter directly into the 4+1 Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History Degree Program. All B.A. in Art and Architectural History students are reviewed for achievement of these standards at this time, and notified of their eligibility to continue with the 4+1 sequence. Students must notify the school of their intention to pursue this 4+1 track.

Students pursuing the 4+1 Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History degree sequence subsequently complete all 500-600 level coursework at graduate academic standards, which include achieving a minimum passing grade of B- in any 500-600 level course, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all 500-600 level courses. Students with Senior Standing and who have achieved a 2.67 cumulative GPA may register for graduate coursework with approval of the instructor and the dean.

Graduate Course Grading, GPA and Graduation Requirements
The minimum passing grade in graduate-level courses is a B-(2.67). The minimum GPA for M.A. in Art and Architectural History graduate students is 3.0.

Duration of Study
Full-time students are expected to complete all requirements for the MA degree in two years. Parttime completion of the MA is also possible; part-time students typically complete the degree in three to five years. With careful planning, undergraduate students or incoming graduate students with advanced standing, and in consultation with their advisor, can complete the degree requirements in an accelerated time-frame. For  example, courses may be taken in winter sessions or as the program develops, in summer mini-mesters, or summer sessions. The program for all MA candidates is determined in discussion with the student’s advisor and is a mix of seminar and lecture courses.

Course Catalog

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Download PDF (6 MB)

Hide

Elective Offerings

Advanced Level Course Options

AAH 520 Themes in World Arts and Architecture
AAH 521 Issues in Contemporary Art
AAH 522 Sacred Spaces
AAH 523 Nature and Art
AAH 530 Special Topics/Travel Course: Arts and Architecture of Time and Place
AAH 531 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Classical World
AAH 532 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Medieval World
AAH 533 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture
AAH 534 Topics in Modern Art and Architecture
AAH 535 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Americas
AAH 536 Topics in Art and Architecture of Africa
AAH 537 Topics in Art and Architecture of Asia
AAH 538 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Islamic World
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar
AAH 650 Thesis
ARCH 573 Modernism in the Non-Western World
ARCH 576 Theoretical Origins of Modernism
ARCH 577 The American Skyscraper

Hide