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The Hunter MA in art history, granted since 1952, is one of the most comprehensive in the country.
It serves as a degree for professional work in museums, galleries, arts organizations and art
publishing, and as a degree leading to doctoral study.

Graduate courses are generally given on weekdays between 4:00 PM and 9:30 PM, during the fall
and spring terms. Students may receive course credit for co-curating exhibitions for the College=s
galleries, and are encouraged to take advantage of the great variety of educational opportunities
offered by the museums, galleries, libraries, and specialized public lecture series throughout New
York City.

Thomas Weaver, Professor
Room 11056 North                                                                     (212) 772-5051

Assistant to Chair
Wendy Ramirez
Room 11057 North                                                                     (212) 772-6098

Graduate Advisor
Cynthia Hahn, Professor
Room 11061 North
                                          Graduate advising is by appointment only: (212) 772-5053

Graduate Programs Assistants
David Bohl, Erika Mitcham
Room 11060 North                                                             (212) 772-5052 / 5053


William Agee, Professor
M.A., Yale University 20th-CenturyAmerican Art, Theoryand Criticism
1500C HN                                                                                  650-3317

Ülkü Bates, Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan Islamic Art and Chinese and Japanese Art
11021 HN                                                                                  650-3752

Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., NewYork University 20th CenturyArt, Theoryand Criticism
11032 HN                                                                                  650-3756

Cynthia Hahn, Professor
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Medieval Art
11092 HN                                                                                  650-3728

Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Associate Professor
Historyof Photography
11091 HN                                                                                  650-3723

Joachim Pissaro, Bershad Professor of Art History
Director of Hunter College Galleries
PhD University of Texas
11032 HN                                                                                  650-3760

Elinor Richter, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University Renaissance Art
1500B HN                                                                                  650-3316

Katy Siegel, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin ContemporaryArt, Theoryand Criticism
1500F HN                                                                                  650-3318

Richard Stapleford, Professor
Ph.D., NewYork University Historyof Architecture, Architecture, Late Antique and EarlyMedieval Art
1500A HN                                                                                    650-3315

Lisa Vergara, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University Baroque and Northern Renaissance Art
11023 HN                                                                                  650-3754

Tara Zanardi, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Virginia 18th and 19th CenturyArt

Tuition waivers are sometimes available to qualified students. Foreign students may qualify for
tuition waivers. The average allocation is approximately $200 per semester. This varies depending
on the availability of funds.

Work-Study as well as Perkins loans are available according to need for qualified students. A CUNY
SAF application form establishes eligibility for College Work-Study, Graduate Tuition Waivers and
Perkins loans. This application is made through the Financial Aid Office, Room 241 North,

Deadlines are normally in November for the Spring semester and April for the Fall semester.

Students should inquire about the availability of NewYork State or home-state Tuition Assistance
Program (TAP) funds.

Graf Travel Grants B Each semester approximately two travel grants are awarded to students
enrolled in graduate programs. The Fall deadline is in November and the Spring deadline is in April.
 Applications are available in the Art Office.

Each semester, during the registration period itself, students must meet with the Graduate Advisor
during their scheduled pre-registration time to 1) get written approval of courses, and 2) update the
student=s formal Departmental Record.

Thirty credits are required for graduation; three of those credits are earned for the MA thesis by
registering for ARTH 799 AThesis Research.@

The art history program is designed so that students will take a wide range of courses. Students
must take:

1. Methodology (ART H 602 Research Methods)

2. At least one course in either of the following categories:
      Art historical theory (ARTH 734 Theory and Criticism of Art)
      Historiography (The History of Art History B given regularly as a ASpecial Topics@ course,
      ART H 780)

Note: It is strongly advised that students take ART H 602 (Research Methods) as early as possible in
the course of study.

3. One course in at least three of the following areas:
     Ancient or Medieval Art
     Renaissance, Baroque or 18th- Century Art
     Modern Art (19th or 20th- Century Art), American, and Latin American Art
     Non-Western Art (Islamic Art; Chinese and Japanese Art; and other Special Topics courses
     thus designated, e.g. Pre-Columbian Art)

About a month prior to registration, the Schedule of Classes, a listing of the following semester=s
course offerings, will be available in the Art Department office.

Electives may be chosen to obtain a concentration in a desired area. Independent Study (ART H
755) credits may be earned only in exceptional cases B e.g. by assisting a faculty member in curating
a Hunter College-sponsored exhibition.

Enrollment in Independent Study must be approved in writing by both the sponsoring faculty
member and the Graduate Committee. In exceptional cases, and with the written pre-approval of
the Graduate Advisor, up to six credits in studio courses or in graduate courses related to art history
(e.g. philosophy, history, literature) may be applied toward the degree.

Students with six AINCOMPLETE@ credits (two courses) are not permitted to register for courses.

1. Depending upon the Graduate Advisor=s written approval, up to nine graduate credits in art
   history or related areas (minimum grade: B) may be transferred from another accredited school
   (including the CUNY Graduate Center). These credits, however, may not have been previously
   used toward another degree.

2.   Students already in the MA Program who wish to take courses outside Hunter must receive
     written pre-approval from the Graduate Advisor. Pre-approval forms are in the Art Office.
     Up to three courses (nine credits) are allowed outside the MA Program.

1. A passing grade (70%) on the written Comprehensive Examination. Description: The exam
   will include works in various media, including architecture, and non-Western as well as Western
   art. 50 slides will be shown. For each slide, students will be given three minutes to identify the
   work as fully as possible and to write a statement indicating its historical significance. The 50
   images are selected from the “MA Comprehensive Exam” image group on the ArtStor digital
   library database. A AGuide to the comprehensive Examination@ is available in the Art Office.

2.   A passing grade on the Foreign Language Examination (French, German, or Italian).
     Description: Approximately 500 words of art-historical text (usually in the nature of an artist=s
     biography, a catalogue entry, or the introduction to an exhibition); one hour; students may use a

N.B.: Each examination is given toward the beginning of every semester. Check the on-line
    graduate art department calendar for the date and the sign-up sheet. When the student passes
    each exam, it will be entered on the official transcript. In the case of a failing grade, the student
    may repeat each exam up to two times.

     Students are strongly advised to take the exams as early in their graduate career as
     possible, and must have completed both no later than the semester in which they
     register beyond their 15th credit.

3.   Mid-Program Evaluation
     At the end of the semester in which the student has registered for the 15th credit, the student=s
     work will be reviewed by a committee of all full-time faculty. At this point, the student must
     have passed the Comprehensive and Foreign Language Examinations. The breadth of
     knowledge required to pass the Comprehensive Examination, as well as the ability to use a
     foreign language, are viewed as fundamental prerequisites for advanced work.

     The Mid-Program Evaluation is intended to encourage students to complete their requirements
     in a timely fashion, and to determine whether they are sufficiently prepared to carry out the
     remaining course work and write a Master=s Thesis.

     In assessing the student=s academic situation, the committee will take into account the
     student=s grade point average, the number of courses (if any) for which work remains
     incomplete, and the student=s performance on the Comprehensive and Foreign Language

     In the case of a failing grade, a student will be permitted to repeat the examination twice, but
     probation will be enforced if the examination is not successfully completed by the end of the
     semester in which the student has registered for the 15th credit. In this case, the student will
     not be permitted to register for further courses until both examinations have been passed, and a
     time limit will be set by the Graduate Committee. If the Graduate Committee decides that the
     student has not complied with the MA program=s requirements, he or she will be asked to
     leave the program.


1.   Students have four years to complete the degree. Under special circumstances the student may
     be granted a ALeave of Absence@ and /or a AGraduate Program Time Extension;@ see current

2.   Students requesting either a ALeave of Absence@ or a AGraduate Program Time Extension@
     must get the written approval of the Graduate Advisor and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
     Forms are available in the Art Office.

3.   Students who are not registering for courses but are completing requirements for the degree B
      e.g. taking the Comprehensive Examination or the Language Examination or working on the
     Thesis B must register to Amaintain matriculation@ (see Graduate Catalogue).


     Students who want a leave of absence for a specific period should apply for approval to their
     graduate advisor. Leaves are approved only for documented disabling illness, maternity,
     military service, or other unusual circumstances. Leaves may be approved up to a maximum of
     two semesters.


     The thesis represents a thorough and systematic piece of research. The topic is chosen in
     consultation with a faculty member who will serve as Thesis Advisor and Afirst reader.@ See
     separate AGuidelines for Preparation of Master=s Thesis in Art History@ (available in the Art
     Office) and current style sheet. Students must comply with the guidelines.

1.   At least 20 graduate credits must be completed before registering to write the MA thesis.

2.   Students may get three credits for writing the Thesis by registering for ARTH 799 AThesis
     Research;@ these credits may be used toward the total of 30 credits required for graduation.

3.   Before registering for AThesis Research,@ the student must have a Thesis Agreement Form
     signed by the full-time faculty member who will serve as Thesis Advisor and Afirst reader.@
     The Thesis Agreement Form is available in the Art Office; a copy of the signed form must be
     given to the Graduate Advisor, who will place it in the student=s file.

     It is the responsibility of the student to make the necessary arrangements with a faculty member
     to serve as his or her Thesis Advisor. The responsibility of the Graduate Advisor is limited to
     offering suggestions and guidance, not of ensuring an agreement.

4.   When the work is in its final stage (as determined by the Thesis Advisor), it must be approved
     as well by a Asecond reader,@ that is, a full-time faculty member chosen in consultation with
     the Thesis Advisor. Thereafter, it must be submitted to the Graduate Advisor, who will review
     it and send it to the Dean of Arts and Sciences for final approval.


     ART H 602 Research Methods of Art History is offered every semester and is considered a
     fundamental preparation for graduate work in art history. Training in bibliographical
     materials and research methods through examination of special problems in art history and
     writing of research paper.


ART H 619 Greek Art: Greek sculpture and painting from Geometric to Hellenistic period.
   Emphasis on masterpieces of Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods.
ART H 620 Roman Art: Roman Art from Republican period to Age of Constantine. Emphasis
   on Imperial reliefs, portraits, sarcophagi and wall painting.
ART H 621 Modern Art I: Origins and history of modern art in the 19th Century.
ART H 622 Modern Art II: Modern art in the 20th Century.
ART H Modern Art III: Art of the last twenty years; recent developments in theory and
ART H 623 Renaissance Art I: Studies in Italian art of the 14th and 15th centuries.
ART H 624 Renaissance Art II: Studies in Italian art of the 16th Century.
ART H 625 Baroque Art: Studies in 17th-Century Art.

ART H 636 Chinese and Japanese Art: Studies in Chinese and Japanese paintings.
ART H 637 Medieval Art I: Studies in the art of the early Middle Ages.
ART H 638 Medieval Art II: Studies in the art of the late Middle Ages.
ART H 641 Islamic Art: Art and architecture of Islamic world from Spain to India.


ART H 722 Contemporary Art: Research topics related to recent trends in modern art.

ART H 724 Renaissance Art: Research topics on the art of the Renaissance.

ART H 729 American Art I: Studies in art and architecture of the Colonial and Federal periods.

ART H 730 American Art II: Studies in art and architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries.

ART H 760 Architecture and the City: Not offered every semester. Problems in the history of
   the city and its architecture, with emphasis on space and form relationships. Open to
   students in Masters in Urban Planning program. May be credited toward either

ART H 734 Theory and Criticism of Art: Offered every semester. Discussion of assigned
   readings from the history of art criticism and theory.

ART H 780 Special Topics in Art:

Following are some of the courses offered in recent years:
Greek Vase Painting                                              Myths and Legends in Greek Art
Roman Architecture                                                                          Giotto
Botticelli                                                 Architecture of the Italian Renaissance
The Islamic Object                                                                        Vermeer
English Paintings                                        Art in Rome in the Seventeenth Century
Goya                                                                          Post-Impressionism
Origins of Abstraction                                                    History of Photography
Seurat                                                                                     Matisse
De Chirico                                                               Early Modern Sculpture
Modern Architecture                                                     American Art: 1910-1940
Art of the 1960=s                                                    Modern Latin American Art
Color Seminar                                                             Art and Totalitarianism
Stuart Davis                                                                  Pollock and Krasner
Minimalism and After                                                            Art and Aesthetics
Semiotics and Art History                                                   History of Art History


ART H 755 Independent Study 1-3 cr
   Independent studies in history or theory of art under the direction of a faculty member.
   Approval of the Graduate Committee is required.

ART 799 Thesis Research 3 cr
   Limited to matriculated MA Students in art history who have completed 20 graduate credits.

    Independent research toward MA thesis under direction of full-time faculty.

   The regular curriculum is enriched by a monthly lecture series which provides a forum for
   the presentation of ideas by artists, critics, historians and resident faculty members.

   The Hunter Society of Art Historians (HSAH) is an organization founded by and for
   matriculants of the Graduate Art History program at Hunter College. The purpose of the
   HSAH is to implement programs and events that will provide students with an opportunity
   to enhance their professional, social and intellectual experience while at Hunter. These
   events are held throughout the academic year and include art and career related lectures,
   gallery and museum tours, fine arts mini-classes and an annual student orientation evening.
   For more information please contact us at

   The Graduate Art History Alumni/ae Association of Hunter College fosters professional,
   social, and intellectual interaction among Hunter=s prestigious alumni/ae. Each year, this
   organization hosts a guest speaker and career-related seminar, as well as a reunion reception
   and publication of its newsletter. For further information regarding our activities, please

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