College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

Herman Moll

M.A. Degree

The M.A. is offered either as a terminal degree or as part of an M.A./Ph.D. degree. In either case the M.A. curriculum is designed to offer a broad background in the study of art history and the theoretical orientations of the discipline. To this end the M.A. program offers courses in the following areas: Ancient Greek and Roman, Late Antique and Byzantine, Medieval European, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern European and American, Contemporary, Asian, Islamic, and African/Oceanic/Pre-Columbian.


  • Course work: 36 credit hours of Art History distributed as follows:
    • A500 (Historiography) and A501 (Critical Theories and Methods in Art History) (8 hours)
    • Two 500-level lecture courses in two areas (8 hours)
    • Four 600-level seminars in three areas (16 hours)
    • A595: M.A. Essay Seminar (4 hours)

A limit of 12 credits of A495 (readings) may count toward the M.A., approval for which is obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies and the supervising faculty member. Courses in cognate fields may be taken outside of the department, and seminars may always replace lecture courses when working through distribution requirements.

  • Master’s essay
  • Reading proficiency in one foreign language

Time Limits: The M.A. program is designed to be completed in two years. In exceptional cases Art History Master’s students may take up to five years to complete coursework and degree requirements.

* as of 2016-17

Department of Art History
1201 East 7th Street, Office 132
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556