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Graduate Studies

Master of Arts degree in Art with Concentration in Art History

In addition to providing advanced analytical and communication skills broadly applicable to numerous careers, the art history graduate program prepares students with the necessary research skills and experiences to enter the professional fields of teaching, museum work, art gallery management, art consultancy, arts management, and art writing, or to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

Our faculty train graduate students in the following areas: Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology; Asian Art/20th Century Asian Art and Architecture; Contemporary Art; Latin American Art and Architecture; Medieval Art and Architecture; Museum and Curatorial Studies; Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture; 18th and 19th Century Art and Architecture of Europe and the United States; and 20th Century Art. Additional areas of strength across disciplines include gender and sexuality studies, critical theory, colonial and post-colonial studies, critical race theory, materiality, empirical and archival research, reception theory, global art studies, the history of emotions, and Marxist and post-Marxist methodologies.

Duration: Graduate degree program duration is contingent upon the number of units completed per semester, and time taken to complete Thesis. The MA degree usually is completed in 4 to 8 semesters.

Coursework and Curriculum

Please note: These requirements apply to students entering our program Fall 2016 and after.

36 units of approved graduate and upper-division units to include:

  • 3 units AH 546 Art History Methodologies and Writing
  • 3 units AH 547 Historiography of Art History
  • 6 units approved graduate-level or upper-division Art or Art History
  • 3 units AH 694: Directed Research in Thesis Topic
  • 6 units AH 698 Thesis as culminating experience within degree program

In addition to the MA Core requirements, each MA Art History student takes 15 additional approved units.

Advancement to Candidacy is contingent upon satisfactory completion of an approved qualifying paper, satisfying foreign language proficiency requirements, as well as meeting any additional requirements of a conditional acceptance.

At least 26 units, or 70% of the 36 required units must be in 500/600 levels, taken at CSULB. The student’s thesis committee may also approve graduate-level or upper-division courses in other CSULB departments to be used towards the degree. Transfer units are allowed on a case-by-case basis. Additional information, expectations, recommendations and guidelines for each track are included in the "School of Art Graduate Guidelines" given to each student accepted into the MA Art History Concentration.