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College of the Arts

School of Art

211 Art Building
Tel: 330-672-2192


The Master of Arts in Art History emphasizes obtaining a comprehensive view of world art and specializing in one area for the thesis.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s); goal statement(s); a “statement of purpose”; three letters of recommendation; and curriculum vitae.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 35 total credit hours to graduate.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Cultural and Historic Knowledge: to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the diverse character of visual and performative art traditions from a diversity of historic and cultural traditions as the result of coursework, individual consultations and workshop experiences; to develop advanced knowledge in a particular period of art or a particular non-Western culture
  2. Analytical, Critical, and Presentation Skills: To engage with and develop a variety of arguments relevant to particular art historical projects and to develop skills in written and oral discourse
  3. Research and Methodology: to observe, describe and interpret art objects, events and concepts within a cultural context and to access and utilize relevant primary and secondary source material in diverse formats, including digital technology.
Thesis/ Dissertation

The thesis is a significant project or body of work done independently of other coursework. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct research or produce a significant, original project in a discriminating and disciplined manner. The thesis topic should be one that will further the student’s knowledge and ability in the specialty by demonstrating skill as a researcher or studio artist. The outcome should be an effort that serves as a foundation for the pursuit of independent work when the graduate program is completed. At this stage, students are expected to work in close consultation with their thesis advisor.


A reading knowledge of either French, German or other approved foreign language is required.

Successful completion of the Candidacy Review Examination is a requirement in every School of Art graduate program. In art history the examination is given when all regular coursework is completed. Successful completion of the examination designates the student as a candidate for the degree.


National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)