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Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Art History

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities for study and research include an open-shelf library containing more than 85,000 volumes and periodicals; a collection of 450,000 slides; a highly specialized photographic study collection containing many unique photographs; and the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, which has an active exhibition program and can provide training in the various aspects of museum work.

The Fine Arts Library is supplemented by the Perry-Castaneda Library, with holdings of more than two million volumes; by the rare books and manuscripts of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center; and by the specialized libraries of the School of Architecture, the Department of Classics, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

Visual resources on campus include the Mari and James A. Michener Collection of American Painting; the Duncan Collection of Latin American Art; the Suida-Manning Collection of Renaissance and Baroque Art; an encyclopedic print collection; the Battle Collection of casts after ancient sculpture; and additional drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, silver, and furniture. Visual resources in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center include the Gernsheim History of Photography Collection and the Art Collection.

Areas of Study

Graduate study in art history is offered in all areas of Western art and in pre-Columbian and Asian art. The student may pursue the degree of Master of Arts or that of Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Anthony Alofsin
Jacqueline E. Barnitz
Steve Bourget
Michael Charlesworth
John R. Clarke
Penelope J. Davies
Nikolai K. Grube
Linda Dalrymple Henderson
Joan A. Holladay
     Janice Leoshko
Glenn Peers
Susan Rather
Ann Morris Reynolds
Denise Schmandt-Besserat
Richard Shiff
Jeffrey Chipps Smith
Louis Waldman

Admission and Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts degree program are expected to have an undergraduate degree in art history or at least twenty-four semester hours of art history. The student must also show evidence of the ability to read French or German, as well as the capacity for advanced academic work.

The program requires thirty semester hours of coursework, including six hours in the thesis course and six hours in supporting work. (Supporting work consists of upper-division or graduate courses in such related areas as history, literature, anthropology, archaeology, classical civilization, philosophy, architecture, music, museum education, and area studies.) In addition to Art History 395 (Art Historical Methods), the student must complete four seminars, one in each of four areas of art history selected from the following categories: ancient, medieval, Renaissance/baroque, modern, theory, non-Western (Asian, pre-Columbian, African, Islamic). The student takes an additional three semester hours of art history, preferably as a seminar but, in certain cases, as a reading tutorial (Art History 396) or a lecture tutorial (Art History 396K).

Doctor of Philosophy

For admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program, the student must have a master's degree in art history or at least forty-eight semester hours of art history on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students with special backgrounds in other disciplines are judged on an individual basis. Reading competence in French and German is also required. A student may petition the Graduate Studies Committee to substitute Spanish or Italian for French when one of these is appropriate to his or her specialization.

Degree requirements are (1) completion of five seminar courses, including coursework in at least three of the following six areas of art history: ancient, medieval, Renaissance/baroque, modern, theory, non-Western (Asian, pre-Columbian, African, Islamic); (2) reading competence in additional foreign languages if the student's area of study requires it; (3) successful participation in the dissertation colloquium; (4) a written and/or oral qualifying examination that admits the student to candidacy; (5) the dissertation; and (6) the oral defense of the dissertation.

For More Information

Campus address: E. William Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA) 2.124, phone (512) 471-7757; campus mail code: D1300

Mailing address: Graduate Program in Art History, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1104


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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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