Option A: Thesis
This option is designed primarily for the student who wishes to pursue a specialized problem in greater depth than would be possible in normal course structure as well as provide students with a solid academic foundation on which to base a variety of careers in the arts, or to prepare them for Ph.D. level work at other universities.
- At least 15 credits in courses numbered 700 or 900 level (excluding 703 and 704 and independent research 890, 891 and 999). Six of the 15 credits should be taken in thesis research (Arthist 990).
- Distribution requirement. At least 3 credits in each of five of the following areas: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance-Baroque, 19th-20th Century, Non-Western, Film. At least 6 credits must be numbered 700 or above (you may apply courses to the 700 or above requirement)
- Language Examination
- The student must write a thesis on a subject selected in consultation with the advisor. This study must demonstrate the student's ability to organize material and familiarity with research methods and art historical literature pertinent to the student's topic and area of interest.
- The student must pass a final comprehensive examination, which will take the form of an oral defense of the thesis.