Graduate Certificate in Teaching College Art History
Created in consultation with St. Paul Public Schools, the University of St. Thomas credentialing program meets the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) requirements for teaching college Art History in Minnesota high schools. According to the new HLC requirements, teachers who deliver these courses must have 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in Art History. Our 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, critical analysis of the ethics of collecting and displaying works of art, and the ability to read both analytically and critically original and scholarly material. 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, economic, political, and religious importance.
What are the admissions criteria?
Applicants to the certificate program will be required to meet the same admission requirements as applicants to the degree-seeking MA program. Since students in both programs will be taking the same classes, it is essential that they have the same level of preparation for graduate study. Priority application deadlines are November 1st for spring enrollment and March 1st for summer and fall enrollment. Applications are also accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
- A completed application (online)
- Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant's relevant abilities and achievements. At least one must be from a former professor.
- A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing the applicant's interest in art history and reasons for pursuing graduate studies at St. Thomas.
- A writing sample showing research and writing expertise.
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript.
What courses are required?
ARHS 500 Methods and Theories of Art History
ARHS 510 Topics in Ancient and Medieval Art
ARHS 515 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARHS 520 Topics in Modern Art
ARHS 525 Topics in American Art
ARHS 540 Topics in Architectural History
ARHS 545 Topics in Design and Applied Arts
ARHS 550 Topics in Textiles, Ceramics, and Metalwork
ARHS 570 Topics in Museum Studies
Non-European or Non-European American Art
ARHS 530 Topics in East and South Asian Art
ARHS 535 Topics in the Art of Africa and the African Diaspora
ARHS 536 Topics in the Art of the Pacific
ARHS 537 Topics in Indigenous American Art
ARHS 592 Teaching College Art History
How long will it take to complete the certificate?
The certificate program consists of a total of 6 courses (18 credits). Our graduate courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters every year, and one course during the summer session (pending enrollment). ARHS 500 Methods and Theories of Art History is offered every fall and ARHS 592 will be taken during your last semester in the program.
Taking 1 course at a time (excluding summer): 6 semesters to complete
Taking 2 courses at a time (excluding summer): 3 semesters to complete