MA Art History and Archaeology

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Program Description

The Department of Art History and Archaeology offers programs of instruction in the history, theory, and criticism of art and archaeology. These programs are intended to prepare students for careers in scholarship and teaching and in curatorial work and museum administration, as well as for independent research and critical writing. The department offers one of the richest graduate programs in the discipline, and students are encouraged to take advantage of its variety of subjects and approaches.

The MA program includes the following specialties:

  • Ancient Art and Archaeology
    • Near Eastern
    • Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean
    • Greek
    • Roman
  • Art and Architecture of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Art and Architecture of the Lands of Islam
  • East Asian Art and Archaeology
  • History and Theory of Architecture
    • Ancient
    • Early Christian, Byzantine, Western Medieval
    • Renaissance and Baroque
    • Modern
  • History of Western Art
    • Early Christian, Byzantine, Western Medieval Art
    • Renaissance and Baroque Art
    • 18th and 19th-Century European Art
    • American Art (pre-1914)
  • History of Photography (pre-1900)
  • Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology
  • South Asian Art and Archaeology
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