MA in History of Asian Art & Architecture

Eight courses are required for students specializing in the history of Asian art & architecture. Five of these eight courses must be in Asian art and architectural history. They must include the basic colloquia courses: AH 726 – Arts of Japan, and AH 727 – Arts of China. Students who have already taken courses comparable to the Arts of China and the Arts of Japan may substitute other courses with the consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. Students take three other courses in Asian art and architectural history, including at least one graduate seminar. The final three of the eight courses are electives. Students may, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, take courses in non-Asian art and architecture history or in related fields such as Asian history, literature, and religion. Students specializing in Asian art must acquire proficiency in modern Chinese or modern Japanese. In the case that the student is specializing in a field of Asian art that is not Chinese or Japanese, the DGS will determine the language requirement in consultation with the student’s adviser. The MA examination in Asian art requires students to answer five one-hour essays, at least four of which on Asian art and architecture. The fifth essay can be written in a field chosen from the general art history examination list. The final requirement for the MA degree in Asian art history is the preparation of the MA scholarly paper.

For further information please contact:

Greg Williams
Director of Graduate Studies

725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 215D
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 358-0038
Fax: (617) 353-3243
E-mail: ghw@bu.edu