Art History and Curatorial Studies - MA

Effective Writing

Graduates will produce research papers that reflect originality, sophistication, and engagement with current scholarship in the field.

Effective Communication

Graduates will express themselves verbally in an informed, eloquent, and professional fashion.

Professional Thesis

Graduates will produce a high-quality thesis that will facilitate their entrance into the professional world.

Professional Development

Graduates will have opportunities for professional development in academia, the museum, the auction house or the commerical gallery.

The Comparative Arts and Letters department will no longer admit students into the Art History program starting in 2015.


The MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies is designed to prepare students for advanced graduate study at the PhD level and to provide a foundation for students desiring a career in a museum or art gallery. For additional information on this program, visit

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (30 hours): minimum of eight ARTHC 500-level seminars (two theory and six topical) plus 6 thesis hours (ARTHC 699R). One 3-hour curatorial museum internship may be taken in place of a topical seminar. Topical seminars beyond the art history area of the Department of Visual Arts and all internships must be approved through the student’s committee chair.
  • Required courses: the theory core (ARTHC 500, 505) is required. Other seminars will be selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator and graduate committee chair. The MA program is designed to allow maximum exposure to the various areas of art history and curatorial studies.
  • Language requirement: reading knowledge of French or German before entering the program; similar competency required in the other of these languages by end of program.
  • Select major area of emphasis: ancient, early Christian/Byzantine, medieval, Renaissance, baroque, eighteenth-century, nineteenth-century, American, European modernism, contemporary, curatorial studies.
  • Select a graduate committee based on your major area during first semester of studies.
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive exam; (B) oral defense of thesis.
  • Thesis.
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Contact Information

Phone: (801) 422-4429
Fax: (801) 422-0695
Address: E-509 HFAC


The university makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this catalog, but reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.
Since change is a part of university life, curriculum and program changes will likely occur during the time the current Graduate Catalog is in circulation.

Honor Code

The university expects that all students, regardless of religion, will maintain the behavioral standards of the school, including the Honor Code. These include high standards of honesty, integrity, chastity, morality, and dress and grooming, in addition to abstinence from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse. The Honor Code Statement is found here.