B.A. in Art History and Theory/M.A. in Museum Studies

This unique program, which is open to LIU Post undergraduate students majoring in Art History, allows students the opportunity to acquire two degrees (B.A. in Art History/M.A. in Museum Studies) within a five-year period. The program is designed to offer students a rigorous academic curriculum as well as the tools, experience, and skills necessary to pursue doctoral studies or professional careers in the field of the arts. The dual-degree program is coordinated by the Department of Art, in conjunction with various local institutions of art. Through course work and pre-professional museum internship training, the program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the major art historical periods, museology, theories and practice, with an emphasis on the areas of museum education and curatorial studies. Students interested in the program should apply at the end of their sophomore year.

Candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.5 GPA in the Art History major to be considered for the program.

Candidates must sit for an interview with the Director of the Museum Studies program and the Art Department Chair before applying to the Program.

Students must pass a comprehensive exam designed and administered by faculty in order to be considered a candidate for the master’s degree.

Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.A. in Art History and Theory must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
History/Philosophy 6 credits
Laboratory Science 8 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements (B.A.)
Required Art History Courses (12 credits)
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
ART 72 Contemporary Art 3.00
ART 90 Seminar in Art History 3.00
Required Non-Western Art History Courses (3 credits)
ART 77 Pre-Colonial Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 3.00
ART 78 Asian Art 3.00
Elective Art History Courses
Five of the following courses (15 credits):
ART 1 Introduction to Visual Arts 3.00
ART 61 Ancient Art: The Western Tradition 3.00
ART 64 Medieval Art 3.00
ART 65 Italian Renaissance Art 3.00
ART 66 Northern Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries 3.00
ART 67 The Art of the Baroque 3.00
ART 68 The Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries 3.00
ART 70 Modern Art 3.00
ART 75 American Art 3.00
ART 79 History of Photography 3.00
ART 80 Concepts & Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
ART 85 History of Visual Communications 3.00
ART 91 Independent Study in Art History 3.00
ART 92 Independent Study in Art History 3.00

Elective History Courses (6 credits)
Any two undergraduate HIS courses numbered 100 and above

Directive Undergraduate Elective Cross-Discipline Courses (9 credits)
Any three undergraduate ART/ARM/THE/HIS courses numbered 100 or above

Liberal Arts courses (24 credits)

Major Requirements (M.A.)
Required Graduate Courses (15 credits)
ART 562 Exhibition Research and Design 3.00
ART 570 Social History of Modern Museum 3.00
ART 581 Methodologies in Art History 3.00
ART 663 The Art Museum as Educator 3.00
ARM 557 Development, Fundraising and Grant Writing 3.00
Choose 2 from the following (6 credits):
ART 563 Curatorial Methods and Practices 3.00
ART 565 Object Care and Collections Management 3.00
ARM 561 The Anatomy of a Museum 3.00
ART 564 Audience Research and Program Design 3.00
Required Internship Courses (6 credits)
ART 650 Internship I: Steinberg Museum of Art 3.00
ART 651 Internship II: Museum/Art Organization 3.00
Required Museum Studies Thesis Course (3 credits)
ART 750 Graduate Thesis Research 3.00
Total credits for BA/MA five year: 141cr. (includes thirty graduate courses, nine of which are taken in the 4th year and count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees).

Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 141
Minimum Undergraduate Liberal Arts Credits: 90
Minimum Undergraduate Major GPA: 2.25
Minimum Graduate GPA: 3.00
Minimum Overall GPA: 3.00


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean