Degrees Offered

BA in Art History

Tyler’s Art History program has a unique point of view. From its position in a University setting and in one of the country’s top art schools, its students have access to outstanding research resources, studio work, and travel opportunities that create a multidimensional undergraduate experience. There are other benefits as well; as Dr. Gerald Silk points out, “We know our students well. They receive individual attention, and there’s a strong community spirit.”

The Art History curriculum spans the global history of art from Ancient to Contemporary, though the Department is strongest in the Western tradition, with relatively equal distribution of focus on Ancient/Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and Modern/Contemporary. There are particular strengths in the study of art from the Mediterranean region, with specialists in Bronze Age Aegean, Ancient Roman, Italian and Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern Italy and France, and in the study of modern and contemporary American art and contemporary Latin American art. In addition to taking courses at Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, students are encouraged to study abroad, spending a semester or year at Temple’s campuses in either Tokyo or Rome. Several undergraduates have been accepted into summer excavation projects. In addition to these opportunities, internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Print Center, and other local and regional cultural institutions provide hands-on learning experiences.

The program is also known for its state-of-the-art digital resources. Pioneering the move to digitization, the department’s extensive slide library has been converted to a database of more than 35,000 digital images. This treasure trove is complemented by membership in the image library ARTstor, which provides students and faculty access to more than one million additional images, encompassing every period, genre, and category of world art. Instructors prepare lectures digitally and students can access them via Canvas, an online course management resource, allowing students to learn and review class material anywhere, anytime.

Several Art History majors have participated in the Diamond Peer Teaching and Scholars program, which comes with a stipend and partial tuition remission, affording undergraduates the exciting opportunity to assist in teaching classes or engage in ambitious, supervised research projects.

Students completing the Art History major at Tyler are well prepared, whether they wish to pursue graduate work in the field, write professionally, launch careers in museums or auction houses, or embark on any other path that requires broad liberal arts experience and a strong background interpreting the visual world.


MA in Art History

The MA program provides breadth and thoroughness in Art History as preparation for further graduate work or as the foundation for careers in related areas. The master’s degree requires 30 graduate credits, a reading examination in one foreign language, a thesis, and a final comprehensive examination.


MA in Art History / Fine Arts Administration track

Students in the Fine Arts Administration track combine Art History with courses at Temple’s Fox School of Business and Management as preparation for administrative positions in arts and culture institutions. The following requirements must be completed by all students in the Fine Arts Administration track: five Art History courses (15 credits), four business courses (12 credits), one course (3 credits) in either Art History or business, six internship credits, one foreign language reading examination, a comprehensive examination.

Minor in Art History

The Art History minor is available for students who wish to explore art through the ages.  By completing courses across a number of significant periods in art, students gain a better understanding of the visual arts and modes of artistic expression from ancient to modern. 


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PhD in Art History

The PhD program prepares students for college teaching or for other research-oriented positions requiring advanced specialized study. The degree requires 60 credits of graduate (5000-level or above) course credits in art history beyond the BA with a minimum grade point average of 3.50. Up to nine credits may be taken in graduate-level courses at Temple outside the Department of Art History, as long as they are relevant to the student’s chosen specialty field. After completion of all course work, the student becomes a PhD candidate upon passing a qualifying examination and approval of the dissertation proposal. Up to six credits are needed for writing the dissertation.

The Department of Art History offers a doctoral program to which exceptionally well-prepared students with a BA are admitted directly, without first earning a MA degree. A strong art history background, appropriate languages, and indicators of high achievement are requisites. Applicants should declare an intention to enter this program.