We are pleased to educate the next generation of art historians by offering a wide range of courses reflecting the varied interests of our faculty. Faculty members in the Art History department take pride in collaboration with our students and many conference papers, journal articles, and research grants have emerged from these partnerships. Our program offers a flexible plan of study - seven electives and four required courses allow each student to the opportunity to gain mastery of a core concepts, while also providing the flexibility to explore new areas of interest in advance of writing a qualifying paper. Our students report that they find the quality of their education to be high, their colleagues to bediligent and focused, and the Twin Cities to be an engaged arts community. Our students’ contributions to the profession have been outstanding, and many have found positions as adjunct faculty, Ph.D. candidates, and curators.
The Master of Arts in Art History program at the University of St. Thomas prepares its graduate students for the variety of professional opportunities in the discipline.
The curriculum introduces students to the processes of scholarly research in art history and the presentation of its results in a variety of professional and public venues.
Graduate courses focus on issues and problems in art history, the process of defining and carrying out a research agenda, the use of various methodologies and theories to define and interpret evidence, the ability to read both analytically and critically, and to utilize both original and scholarly resources.
The program emphasizes an inclusive perspective that encompasses a range of media and global cultures and a contextual approach to art that examines its social, economics, political, and religious importance.
The program builds awareness of the ethical and culturally specific issues of research related to the field, including professional standards for work with human subjects.