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Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History


Required Courses (3 credits)

AAH 505
Art and Architectural History Theory and Methods Seminar
(3 CR.)

Elective Courses (33 credits)
Eleven from the following options:

AAH 520 Themes in World Arts and Architecture (3 CR.)
AAH 521 Issues in Contemporary Art (3 CR.)
AAH 522 Sacred Spaces (3 CR.)
AAH 523 Nature and Art (3 CR.)
AAH 530 Special Topics/Travel Course: Arts and Architecture of Time and Place (3 CR.)
AAH 531 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Classical World (3 CR.)
AAH 532 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Medieval World (3 CR.)
AAH 533 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture (3 CR.)
AAH 534 Topics in Modern Art and Architecture (3 CR.)
AAH 535 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Americas (3 CR.)
AAH 536 Topics in Art and Architecture of Africa (3 CR.)
AAH 537 Topics in Art and Architecture of Asia (3 CR.)
AAH 538 Topics in Art and Architecture of the Islamic World (3 CR.)
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar (3 CR.)
AAH 650 Thesis (3 CR.)
ARCH 573 Modernism in the Non-Western World (3 CR.)
ARCH 576 Theoretical Origins of Modernism (3 CR.)
ARCH 577 The American Skyscraper (3 CR.)

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

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.