This is not a theory program about ‘theory.’ This is a program about what we can learn about art, of course, but, most of all, what we have to learn from art. Artworks ask us to think about them as does nothing else humanly made. An artwork is not founded on any conceptual presupposition or assertion, and this makes it possible for us to experience in it the origin of thinking—as the experience of the need in thinking—which is why art is at the center of the critique of domination.
The three-semester MA program has a unique and dynamic structure. There is a central group of courses concerned with art theory and aesthetics, social history and the history of art, and social theory. These courses are built around two open proseminars: “The Situation of the Arts: The Level of the Problem” and the Serious Times Lecture Series, which poses the ongoing question, “Why doesn’t the United States make social progress?” These aspects of the program combine to focus on what is going on in art today in a way that involves the entire history of art and society and the most important questions we have about our lives.
• Successful completion of 36 credits, including all required courses and the thesis project. Documentation of all thesis projects must be on file in the Critical Theory and the Arts Department to be eligible for degree conferral.
• Three semesters of residency (fall, spring and summer). Students must complete their degree within two years, unless given an official extension by the provost.
• Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good academic standing.
Note: Departmental requirements are subject to change by the department chair if the chair deems that such change is warranted.