UC Berkeley History of Art Department

The Department of History of Art offers a two-stage integrated master's and doctoral program (MA/PhD) in preparation for college teaching, writing, and specialized curatorial careers. Students are not admitted to work for a terminal MA degree, though students may apply for the MA after meeting Stage I requirements toward the PhD. Students work closely with faculty in courses, seminars, and on independent research projects to develop independent thought and a thorough knowledge of the field and its critical methods. Cross-disciplinary work in Berkeley's distinguished departments of languages and literature, philosophy, rhetoric, film studies, women's studies, history, and the social sciences is strongly encouraged. A student may opt for a more formal relationship with other departments through "Designated Emphases" programs, including Film Studies, the Group on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Critical Theory, and Folklore.


  • Graduate Student  Advisor: Isabel Seneca

    • Advising Hours:
      Drop-In Appointments           Mon & Fri 9am-12pm,         Wed 9am-12pm, 1-4pm                  
    • Contact Information:

      (510) 642-5510
      416 Doe Library

  • Head Graduate Advisor: Sugata Ray

    • Advising Hours:                     Drop-In Appointments
    • Contact information:   sugata@berkeley.edu
      (510) 643-7190
      421A Doe Library