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MA in Art History

The graduate program in Art History offers a two-year M.A. degree emphasizing independent exploration and interdisciplinary research. The degree provides a foundation in historical and theoretical study of the history of Western Art, from Medieval to Contemporary. The Art Museum of West Virginia University, the Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center, and the Visiting Lecture program form a crucial link in the course of studies and allow for curatorial opportunities. Internships with regional museums and galleries are possible. 

Interdisciplinary courses and study abroad opportunities may be arranged in consultation with faculty. Reading proficiency in one language other than English is required for the completion of the degree and writing and speaking skills necessary to communicate clearly and effectively are required. Completion of the program culminates in the Master’s thesis, which may take a variety of forms within the context of art historical and critical practices.


21 | Art History 

6 | Cognate Classes 

3 | Master’s Thesis 

30 | TOTAL CREDIT HOURS (33 recommended)