The MA requires 24 credit hours (8 courses) at the 6000 and 7000 levels, plus a thesis.
According to their specialization, students will fall into one of the following two tracks: ancient and early modern studies (track I), or modern and contemporary studies (track II). Distribution requirements call for students in both tracks to take one class in each of the following three areas: 1) Classical, Byzantine, Medieval, Pre-Columbian; 2) Renaissance, Baroque, Colonial Latin American; 3) American; Modern Europe, US, Caribbean, and Latin America. Students in each track are also expected to take three classes with the regular faculty teaching in the area that most closely relates to their own research, and who will most likely be in their theses committees.
600-level courses are seminars taken by juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. The 700-level courses are for graduate students only and are sometimes taught in tandem with 300-level courses for undergraduates. Recent courses have included: Medieval Manuscripts; Giotto and the Art of the Narrative; Leonardo’s World; Renaissance Empires of Exchange; Early Modern Copies; Jesuits and the Globe; Race and National Mythologies in American Art and Visual Culture; Interracial Themes in Western Art from the Queen of Sheba to Barack Obama; Scandals of Modern Art; Paris: Capital of the Nineteenth Century; Reading Abstract Expressionism; Art and the AIDS Crisis; Mexican Manuscript Painting; Images and Meaning; Global Surrealisms; Art History: Theory and Methods. With the permission of their graduate advisor, students may take two courses outside the art history program.