UT Dallas 2024 Graduate Catalog

Harry W. Bass Jr. School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology

Art History


The program leading to the MA in Art History introduces students to a global history of art by way of close engagement with artworks. Coursework and independent thesis projects draw upon public and private collections throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth area as well as the innovative and interdisciplinary research initiatives of our scholars. By exploring a broad range of material across geography, chronology, and medium, students develop a strong foundation in historiography, theory, and professional practices.

The two-year program is designed as a rigorous, immersive experience that will launch graduates directly into top doctoral programs or arts careers.


Professors: Erika Doss, John J. Pomara, Charissa N. Terranova, Michael Thomas, Marilyn Waligore

Associate Professor: Mark Rosen

Assistant Professor: Ali Asgar Alibhai

Clinical Associate Professor: Lorraine Tady

Clinical Assistant Professor: Sarah Kozlowski

Master of Arts in Art History

36 semester credit hours minimum

Coursework: 36 semester credit hours

Major Core Courses: 6 semester credit hours

AHST 6301 Foundations I: Theories and Methods of Art History1

AHST 6302 Foundations II: Thesis Workshop1

Electives in Art History (AHST): 18 semester credit hours

Choose six courses from the following:

AHST 6310 Topics in Art History

AHST 6311 Topics in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

AHST 6315 Topics in the History of Design

AHST 6316 Topics in Decorative Arts

AHST 6317 Topics in the History of New Media

AHST 6320 Topics in the History of Collecting

AHST 6321 Topics in Global Art Histories

AHST 6322 Topics in Digital Art History

AHST 6323 Topics in the Histories of Art, Nature, and Science

AHST 6324 Special Topics in American Art

AHST 6325 Special Topics in Contemporary Art

AHST 6326 Special Topics in Medieval Art and Architecture

AHST 6327 Special Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

AHST 6328 Special Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture

AHST 6329 Special Topics in Classical Antiquity

AHST 6330 Special Topics in Cultural Heritage

AHST 6331 Special Topics in the Art and Architecture of the Mediterranean World

AHST 6332 Special Topics in Modern Art

AHST 6333 Special Topics in the Social History of Art

AHST 6334 Special Topics in Art and Literature

AHST 6335 Special Topics in Asian Art

AHST 6336 Special Topics in Urbanism and Space

With permission of the advisor, up to six semester credit hours of Electives may be in VPAS or ATCM courses.

Thesis: 12 semester credit hours

After completing at least eighteen semester credit hours of coursework, students dedicate two consecutive long semesters to a thesis project. In the thesis project, students frame and carry out a program of original scholarly research, culminating either in a scholarly essay, a small exhibition, a collaboration with a practicing artist, a conservation project, archival research, or a digital art history project.

AHST 6V99 Thesis

1. Students are expected to complete AHST 6301 in their first semester of enrollment and AHST 6302 within their third semester of enrollment.

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