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    University of North Texas
    Feb 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Art History

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Main Office
Art Building, Room 230

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Lisa Owen, Interim Chair



Art historians research and publish to enhance understanding of art and its place within society. Studying the art and architecture of diverse world cultures and periods, art historians examine the historical, social and cultural significance of art works for their creators and users. As an interdisciplinary, liberal arts major, a degree in art history prepares students for varied careers in the art world and beyond. Holding an advanced degree allows students to pursue careers in museums, galleries and university teaching.


The research agendas of the art history faculty span the globe and address a broad chronology. Faculty research interests include Jain cave temples in India, 18th-century French and British art, history of fashion and textiles, European art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, British art in the late 20th century, Contemporary Latin American Art, Mexican Cultural Studies, modern art in the Arab world, design history, art history pedagogy, modern and American architecture, history of craft, and printmaking in colonial Mexico. Several art history faculty members participate in the women’s and gender studies, international studies, American cultural studies, and Arab and Islamic Studies programs. Teaching students how to become active researchers is a crucial component within the art history program, and students are encouraged to work independently and to collaborate with faculty.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants to the MA program in art history must submit a recent term paper or a sample of professional writing, a statement of purpose indicating objectives for enrolling in graduate school, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination scores. Students may wish to concurrently pursue the graduate academic certificate in art museum education and must apply separately for admission to that program.

Prospective applicants for graduate degree programs must obtain admission forms from the UNT Toulouse Graduate School and information from the College of Visual Arts and Design at Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, but priority deadlines for consideration for funding are as follows:

  • Fall term/semester: February 1
  • Spring term/semester: October 1


Each term/semester the department is able to provide a limited number of graduate assistant/teaching assistant positions for graduate students. If interested, the student should fill out an application and turn it in by the deadline listed on the college website. Students with a half-time appointment are also eligible to receive funding through the Toulouse Graduate School’s Tuition Benefit Program.

Additional funding opportunities may be available through the Toulouse Graduate School.


    Master’s Degree


      Art History

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