The faculty in art history offers degree programs leading to
the master of arts (M.A.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The M.A. is designed to provide a well-rounded and
comprehensive knowledge of the major fields of Western art, sub-Saharan African
art, East Asian art, Islamic art, and the art of the Americas. The Ph.D. program, in addition, allows
for specialization in one of the major fields. The faculty also offers M.A., M.A./J.D., and Ph.D. tracks in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS). Two certificate programs,
in curatorial studies and in cultural heritage/historic preservation, are
available to M.A. and Ph.D. students.
Applicants should have a strong liberal arts background,
with a minimum of six art history courses as prerequisite for admission.
Students may be asked to make up deficiencies prior to or in the first year of
the graduate curriculum by taking advanced undergraduate courses for graduate credit,
auditing undergraduate classes, or through supervised readings. Although not a
prerequisite, reading proficiency in one foreign language must be demonstrated
within the first year of the program. For the M.A. track in Cultural Heritage
and Preservation Studies, which is multidisciplinary in focus, applicants with
a strong interest or experience in preservation issues from disciplines other
than art history are encouraged to apply.
Requirements for the Ph.D. include 14 courses, worth 48
credits; a qualifying examination in one of the major art historical periods;
and acceptance of the dissertation. In addition, students must have a reading
knowledge of two foreign languages (in certain fields, German will be required).
One proficiency examination must be taken by the second semester of study.
After the student completes eight courses, the faculty will review his or her
work to determine if the student will be allowed to continue for the Ph.D.
Ph.D. candidates are strongly encouraged to complete a minor field.
A student's major and minor fields should be reasonably distinct from one
another, separated by some combination of media, geography, time period, or
other factors as appropriate. Definition of the major and minor fields,
although proposed by the student, must have the approval of the primary faculty
adviser and the graduate program director. Successful passing of the minor
field option consists of two classes in the minor field and a written
qualifying paper which can be an extension of a seminar paper written for
The M.A. program is designed for those who do not plan to
pursue the Ph.D. in the immediate future and for those pursuing the certificate in curatorial studies
or the certificate in historic preservation/cultural heritage. Requirements include 10 courses
(30 credits), one foreign language, master's essay, and a comprehensive
examination. The M.A. track in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies is a
30-credit program that combines coursework with supervised internships.
Requirements include a master's thesis, examination, and 6 credits of
A dual-degree program is offered jointly by CHAPS and Rutgers Law School in Newark. A four-year course of study, this program leads to the M.A. in art history with a specialty in Cultural Heritage Preservation and to the
juris doctor (MA./J.D.). The law school
will accept 9 credits from the M.A. program and CHAPS will accept 12 credits from the law
school. Students are accepted independently for both graduate
professional programs after separate application to each. The Law School
Admission Test (LSAT) will be accepted in place of the Graduate Record Exam
The curatorial studies certificate, which is awarded
separately, requires one course in curatorial training and at least one
exhibition seminar, for which students earn 3 credits per course toward their
degree. In addition, students complete three curatorial internships. Students in
the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are eligible to pursue a curatorial studies
The certificate in cultural heritage/historic preservation,
under the auspices of CHAPS, is also awarded separately, and requires two core
courses, two elective courses, and an approved internship. Electives are chosen
from an approved list.
There are no residency requirements for either degree
program. Students who have earned an M.A. degree elsewhere are welcome to apply
for admission to the Ph.D. program. The curriculum is flexible and allows
students to explore interests in such areas as African studies, American
studies, Asian studies, classics, archaeology, gender studies, medieval
studies, Renaissance studies, baroque studies, Russian and Slavic studies, and
theory and criticism.
Further information on program requirements may be obtained
from the art history graduate office in Voorhees Hall or online at http://arthistory.rutgers.edu.