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Credit Hours
M.A. in Art History: Concentration in Art History
Degree Requirements

ARTH 500–Philosophy and Methods of Art History = 3
ARTH–Graduate courses in Pre Modern emphasis (pre 1400CE) = 6
ARTH–Graduate courses in Early Modern emphasis (c.1400-1750CE) = 6
ARTH–Graduate courses in Modern and Contemporary emphasis (c. 1750-the present) = 9
Minimum coursework listed above = 24
ARTH 599–Master’s Thesis = 6
Total = 30


All work offered toward degree requirements must fall within a five-year period. Transfer credits must fall within the OGS-mandated seven-year period.

There is, of course, some overlap between many of these areas of emphasis. In each case, the nature of these concerns will vary owing to the predominant body of monuments being analyzed and the specific media whereby these artworks are produced. For example, the African American Art course, while placed in the Modern and Contemporary category, can also encompass all three chronological areas of emphasis. Courses that cover more than one emphasis can potentially be used flexibly in the Program of Studies, however one class cannot be used to simultaneously fulfill two requirements. For example, if you apply your African American Art class to Early Modern Art, it cannot also be applied to Contemporary Art. You should discuss this with your committee chair and the graduate advisor if you have taken seminars that cover more than one area of focus.

Courses marked with an asterisk are available for Graduate Credit.

While Art History 550 and 551 (Graduate Problems Courses) are available, M.A. students will be limited to one 3-hour Graduate Problems Course, as approved by her or his Committee on Studies. A student may also petition his or her Committee on Studies to approve a substitute course from another Department, if it is closely related to the student’s specific Concentration or Emphasis.

M.A. in Art History: Concentration in Arts of the Americas
Degree Requirements

ARTH 500–Philosophy and Methods of Art History = 3
ARTH–Graduate courses in primary emphasis = 9
ARTH–Graduate courses in secondary emphasis = 9
ARTH–Graduate courses in another (thrid) emphasis = 3
Minimum coursework listed above = 24
ARTH 599–Thesis = 6
Total = 30


All work offered toward degree requirements must fall within a five-year period. Transfer credits must fall within the OGS-mandated seven-year period.
M.A. Art History: Concentration in Arts of the Americas Course Requirements

Each student must select a primary and secondary emphasis in either:

  1. Native North American Art History
  2. Art & Architecture of the Ancient Americas
  3. Ibero-American Colonial Art History
  4. Modern U.S. and Canadian Art History
  5. Modern Latin American Art History

There is, of course, some overlap between many of these areas of emphasis. In each case, the nature of these concerns will vary owing to the predominant body of monuments being analyzed and the specific media whereby these artworks are produced. Part of Native American Art, while placed in category A, is then also considered Modern U.S. and Canadian or Latin American Art History. Courses that cover more than one emphasis can potentially be used flexibly in the Program of Studies, however one class cannot be used to simultaneously fulfill two requirements. For example, if you apply your Modern Native American Art class to Native American Art, it cannot also be applied to Modern U.S. and Canadian Art. You should discuss this use with your committee chair and the graduate advisor if you have taken seminars that cover more than one area of focus.

Courses marked with an asterisk are available for Graduate Credit.

While Art History 550 and 551 (Graduate Problems Course) are available, M.A. students will be limited to one 3-hour Graduate Problems Course, as approved by her or his Committee on Studies. A student may also petition his or her Committee on Studies to approve a substitute course from another Department, if it is closely related to the student’s specific Concentration or Emphasis.

The M.A. degree in Art History is only offered under Plan I (requiring thesis). Plan I requirements are:

    1. A minimum of 24 hours of coursework
    2. A minimum of 6 hours of 500-level coursework
    3. A maximum of 6 hours of problems courses
    4. At least 50% of required coursework must be completed after admission to the program
    5. If a minor is declared, a minimum of 14 hours in the major and 7 hours in the minor

Course Work

If you are seeking a M.A. degree you must master the general history of art in addition to your chosen area of concentration. If approved by the departmental Graduate Director, you may elect to pursue a minor outside art history, usually in museum studies. The 15 hours of required coursework for the minor may overlap up to 6 credit hours with the M.A. coursework requirements, with the other 9 hours being additional to the M.A. coursework. No more than 4 courses (or 12 hours, exclusive of thesis) may be taken with a single professor.

The Director of Graduate Studies must approve substitution of required coursework before you register for the substituted course. A petition form is available in the Department Graduate Office.

Transfer Credits

You may transfer a maximum of 12 hours of graduate work from another institution, from non-degree status or from a previous master’s degree to the M.A. Program. Courses taken as extension credit at other universities are not accepted for graduate credit at the University of New Mexico.

Transfer credits are not automatic with admission. Your Committee on Studies will determine if any credits are allowable for transfer. With the exception of the 12-hour limit, all conditions of transfer noted in the doctoral description of the UNM Catalog apply equally to the M.A.

If you wish to transfer credits, consult with your Committee Chair and if approved, this coursework can be added to your course listing on your Advancement to Candidacy form. This process should be completed early in your program of studies so as to allow adequate planning. When submitting the Advancement to Candidacy form, you should verify with OGS that the official transcript from the institution from which you are requesting transfer credit is on file. Transfer credit is considered in determining the time limit for completion of all requirements.

Residence Requirement

The MFA degree requires at least 24 hours of coursework completed at UNM, of which at least 18 hours (exclusive of thesis credits) must be taken after admission to the MFA program.

Graduate Reviews

In your second semester, you are required to participate in a Spring Graduate Review, an oral presentation given to faculty and peers of a research work in progress. This event is conducted by a committee composed of the Art History faculty and one Art Studio faculty member. Written evaluations will be available from this committee regarding content and presentation. Your committee will be concerned with the clarity of your ideas as well as the coordination of your text with your slides. You will have a twenty-minute limit for your presentation.

You will provide a one-page synopsis and a bibliography to each member of your appointed Review committee and the Department Graduate Office two weeks prior to the date of your review. Bibliographies should use the form detailed in The Chicago Manual of Style.

Filing the Program of Study

Before you submit your Program of Study form, you must:

    1. Pass Art History 500 (Philosophy and Methods of Art History).
     
    2. Participate in the Spring Review. You will present your research work in progress to peers and faculty during the first spring semester of your program.
     
    3. You must provide evidence of proficiency in one foreign language appropriate to your area of concentration. The Language Requirement form is available in the Department Graduate Office.

The Program of Studies form must be filed with the Dept. Graduate Office any time after you complete 12 graduate credits. You must file by the following deadlines: Oct 1 for Spring graduation, May 1 for Summer graduation, July 1 for Fall graduation. This form, and complete directions on how to fill it out, can be obtained from the Department Graduate Office. Approval of the Program of Studies in no way implies successful completion of the M.A. degree.

M.A. Thesis

Your thesis must be approved by your Committee on Studies and should demonstrate evidence of your ability to do sound research. It is your responsibility to provide each member of your committee with a complete draft of your thesis and when you schedule your final thesis defense, to leave yourself ample time for committee review before your graduation deadline. The final thesis will be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies in electronic format. Guidelines regarding the format for your thesis are available from the Manuscript Coordinator, Office of Graduate Studies and online. Please refer to the following Master’s Thesis/Graduation Checklist to familiarize yourself with the necessary forms. All forms can be found either at the Office of Graduate Studies or the Department Graduate Office.

Thesis Hours

Once you have registered for thesis (599) credits, you must maintain continuous enrollment (exclusive of summer session, unless you graduate in summer) until your thesis is accepted by the following: Committee on Studies Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Dean of OGS.

Time Limit to Complete Requirements

Students have five years to complete all degree requirements. From the semester in which you took your first class toward your M.A. program including transfer hours, to the final semester of thesis, every student has five years to complete all requirements.

Under extenuating circumstances, you may request an extension of this time limit in writing. This must be done prior to the end of the time limit. Student should contact the Department of Graduate Office on the proper procedure for requesting an extension request. The request must be supported in writing by your Committee on Studies Chair.

Note: Also see the Masters Degree general requirements described in the UNM Catalog, Plan I.
 
 
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