In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements: 

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required: 36.

  • Course Work: A minimum of 16 hours at the 500-level in art history courses, excluding AH 598-Thesis Hours and AH 590-MA Paper Research. All students are required to take courses from at least four different tenured and tenure-track UIC Art History faculty members.

  • Required Courses: AH 510 and 511. Teaching assistants are also required to take AH 512. Of the remaining course work selected with an advisor, all students are required to take at least one course in each of the following areas: Ancient/Medieval/Early Modern (before 1800); Modern/Contemporary (after 1800); and Africa/Asia/Indigenous Americas.

  • Foreign Language Requirements: Students must present evidence of advanced knowledge of a language other than English as it relates to the student’s chosen area of research. Evidence of the ability to pursue research in additional languages may be necessary, depending on the availability of literature in the field selected, and the selection of those languages must be approved by the student’s advisor

  • Thesis, Project, or Course-work-only Options: Thesis or course work only. No other options available.

  • Thesis: Must take at least 5 hours in thesis research (AH 598). No more than 8 hours of AH 598 can be applied to the degree.

  • Course Work Only: Students who do not write a thesis must submit two substantial research papers written in conjunction with graduate courses taken in the Department of Art History to the departmental Graduate Program Committee. Students selecting the two-paper option may register for 0-4 hours MA paper research (AH 590).