The M.A. degree in Art History, offered jointly with the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, is the only art history graduate program in the state. The Master of Arts degree in Art History prepares students for further academic study at the doctoral level or for professional careers in teaching, museums, galleries, and other arts-related fields. Students may enroll on either campus and must take at least 6 hours of course work on the other campus. The M.A. program offers a wide range of art history courses and graduate seminars. Each student must take ARH 680 (Literature of Art). The M.A. program offers specialized study in five fields: Renaissance, Baroque, Nineteenth-Century, Twentieth-Century/Contemporary, and Asian Art. The small size of the program affords graduate students the opportunity to work closely with individual faculty members on both campuses in seminars and directed research projects. The M.A. in Art History provides students with a thorough grounding in art history, critical thinking, and research methods.
The M.A. in Art History is a 30-hour research degree consisting of 24 hours of art history course work and 6 hours of thesis research. Degree requirements include a comprehensive examination and a thesis. In addition, prior to taking the comprehensive examination, a student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or German. For students specializing in Asian or other areas, a relevant language may be substituted with the approval of the faculty advisor and Director of Graduate Studies.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for acceptance into the program.
Application deadlines: For Spring admission: applications due by October 1; for Fall admission: applications due by April 1.
For information about the graduate program in art history, please contact: Dr. Jessica Dallow, Art History Graduate Advisor at: Jdallow@uab.edu