Art History, Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Requirements for the M.A. in Art History

Art History

MA students must take required courses at the City College of New York. Students may take classes via e-permit at the other CUNY schools only if they are not typically offered at City College. Students should obtain approval from one of the MA program co-directors before taking classes at other CUNY schools.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART A1000Research Methods of Art History

3

ART B9000Master's Thesis Research

3

Graduate courses in Art History

24

Total Credit Hours: 30

Art History with Art Museum Studies Concentration

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART A1000Research Methods of Art History

3

ART B7000Museology

3

ART B7100Museum Apprenticeship I

3

ART B7200Museum Apprenticeship II

3

ART B7400Museum Exhibition Analysis Seminar

3

ART B8000Art Museum Studies Colloquium

3

OR

ART B9000Master's Thesis Research

3

Elective Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits

Total Credit Hours: 36

Art History with Art Museum Education Concentration

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART A1000Research Methods of Art History

3

OR

ARTE 3100CCommunity-Based Art Education

3

 

ART B7000Museology

3

OR

ART B7400Museum Exhibition Analysis Seminar

3

 

ART B7500Museum Education I

3

ART B7505Museum Education II

3

ART B7100Museum Apprenticeship I

3

ART A1000: if not taken as an undergraduate

Select 1 of 3 in consultation with advisor: (3 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDSE 4100ECurriculum and Assessment in Art Education

4

EDSE 4200EIdentity, Community and Culture in Art Education

3

EDSE 4300FMaterials and Methods in Art Education

4

Select one of the following (3 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART B9000Master's Thesis Research

3

OR

EDSE 7200IMaster's Project

3

ART B9000: For students pursuing the MA thesis option

EDSE 7200I: For students pursuing the Qualifying Paper option

Elective Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
Graduate courses in Art History in consultation with advisor [must include Research Methods in Art History if not taken as an undergraduate]

9-12

Graduate courses in Education and/or Art Education in consultation with advisor

3-6

Total Credit Hours: 36

Additional Requirements for the M.A. Art History

Thesis

All students pursuing the MA in Art History track but not one of the concentrations are required to complete a written thesis demonstrating competence in scholarly research in the field.

Option for Art Museum Studies Candidates

Art Museum Studies candidates may opt to write two qualifying papers: one in an art history elective course and the other in Art Museum Colloquium. Alternatively, Art Museum Studies candidates may choose to write a thesis provided that they can propose an acceptable thesis topic and secure an advisor.

The option to write two qualifying papers applies retroactively to all students pursuing the two art museum concentrations. As per the policies stated in the course bulletin, students who began their coursework before Fall 2013 and were required to take only 30 credits to complete their degrees may choose to write two qualifying papers, instead of a thesis, and will not be required to complete the 36 credits of coursework.

Option for Art Museum Education Candidates

Art Museum Education candidates may opt to write two qualifying papers: one in an art history elective course and the other in Master’s Projects. Alternatively, Art Museum Education candidates may choose to write a thesis provided that they can propose an acceptable thesis topic and secure an advisor.

Comprehensive Examination

Not required.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Candidates for the M.A. degree in Art History with or without an Art Museum Studies or Art Museum Education concentration must demonstrate a reading proficiency in a foreign language approved by their graduate advisor.

Transfer Credit

At the discretion of the program director, no more than six credits of graduate work in art may be transferred.

Advisors

M.A.: Professor H. Senie; Craig Houser, Lecturer.