Art History

The Art History concentration is designed for persons interested in professional academic, museum studies, or arts management careers and prepares students for doctoral study. It offers a broad-based study of the history of visual expression and opportunities for advanced research projects. Art historians analyze and articulate the meaning and form of human experience as embodied in works of art. The field encompasses the world of art and architecture as it exists today and has been understood visually and verbally in the past.

Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule an interview with the program coordinator before applying, although this is not required. All application materials are due by April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered only for provisional enrollment.

General Admission requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Two letters of recommendation (optional for students who have taken art course work at UALR during the three years previous to the application)
  • Statement of objectives and goals (500-1,000 words)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is optional and may be submitted to bolster the application. (Application forms for some financial aid offered through the University require information about the GRE score)

Art History Additional Requirements

  • Undergraduate research paper (preferably treating an art historical problem, but may be in a related area such as literature, history, cultural or intellectual history, anthropology, or aesthetics)
  • 18 undergraduate art history hours

Program Requirements

The Art History concentration requires 30 graduate credit hours, including 5300 Studies in the History of Art; nine additional 5000-level art history lecture hours; three hours each in Renaissance and Baroque, 18th- and 19thcentury, and 20th-century art; six approved elective hours; and a thesis with oral defense.

The thesis topic must be selected before completing 21 hours and must be approved by the thesis advisor and program coordinator before it is submitted to the Graduate School Dean. The thesis must demonstrate the candidateʹs capacity for high-level, independent research. In addition, it must conform to the deadlines, requirements, and standards of the Department of Art and Graduate School. Thesis regulations are available from the program coordinator.

Students who intend to complete degree requirements during the summer must anticipate professional absences for at least part of the summer. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. A reading knowledge of French or German is normally expected. Proficiency may be demonstrated by successful completion of undergraduate intermediate level II courses or departmental examination. This should be done as early as possible in the course of study.

The Advancement to Candidacy Exam must be taken when the student has successfully completed between 9 and 15 program hours. It includes slide identifications of major monuments from all periods and several essays covering material from various periods. Upon completion of the exam, the faculty may advise the student to continue in the program, repeat earlier course work, or the student may be dismissed from the program.

Sample Program

May be adapted to individual studentʹs qualifications.

  • ARHA 5300 Studies in the History of Art
  • ARHA 5305, 5306, 5384, 7315, or 7316
  • ARHA 5307 or 7327
  • ARHA 5308, 5387, or 7328
  • 9 additional art history hours
  • 6 elective hours (art history, studio art, or other approved)
  • ARHA 7399 Thesis