Graduate Certificate in Teaching College Art History

Created in consultation with St. Paul Public Schools, the University of St. Thomas credentialing program meets the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) requirements for teaching college Art History in Minnesota high schools. According to the new HLC requirements, teachers who deliver these courses must have 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in Art History. Our graduate courses focus on issues and problems in art history, the process of defining and carrying out a research agenda, the use of various methodologies and theories to define and interpret evidence, critical analysis of the ethics of collecting and displaying works of art, and the ability to read both analytically and critically original and scholarly material.  The program emphasizes an inclusive perspective that encompasses a range of media and global cultures and a contextual approach to art that examines its social, economic, political, and religious importance.

What are the admissions criteria?

Applicants to the certificate program will be required to meet the same admission requirements as applicants to the degree-seeking MA program. Since students in both programs will be taking the same classes, it is essential that they have the same level of preparation for graduate study. Priority application deadlines are November 1st for spring enrollment and March 1st for summer and fall enrollment. Applications are also accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Application requirements:

  • A completed application (online)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant's relevant abilities and achievements. At least one must be from a former professor.
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing the applicant's interest in art history and reasons for pursuing graduate studies at St. Thomas. 
  • A writing sample showing research and writing expertise.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript.

What courses are required? 

ARHS 500        Methods and Theories of Art History 

ARHS 510        Topics in Ancient and Medieval Art

ARHS 515        Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARHS 520        Topics in Modern Art

ARHS 525        Topics in American Art

ARHS 540        Topics in Architectural History

ARHS 545        Topics in Design and Applied Arts

ARHS 550        Topics in Textiles, Ceramics, and Metalwork

ARHS 570        Topics in Museum Studies

Non-European or Non-European American Art 

ARHS 530        Topics in East and South Asian Art

ARHS 535        Topics in the Art of Africa and the African Diaspora

ARHS 536        Topics in the Art of the Pacific

ARHS 537        Topics in Indigenous American Art    

ARHS 592        Teaching College Art History 

How long will it take to complete the certificate? 

The certificate program consists of a total of 6 courses (18 credits). Our graduate courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters every year, and one course during the summer session (pending enrollment). ARHS 500 Methods and Theories of Art History is offered every fall and ARHS 592 will be taken during your last semester in the program.

Completion rate:

Taking 1 course at a time (excluding summer): 6 semesters to complete

Taking 2 courses at a time (excluding summer): 3 semesters to complete