Florence MA in Renaissance Art

For official program information, please see the Course Catalog.

Program Structure

The first semester of coursework is taken on Syracuse University’s home campus in Syracuse, New York. The following two semesters of coursework are taken at Syracuse University’s campus in Florence. All graduate seminars require critical readings of both primary and secondary sources, oral presentations, independent research, and written work.

Please note that the courses listed below are subject to change, depending on staffing. 

1. First Semester (fall), Syracuse University in New York

a) HOA 620, Seminar: Renaissance Art, 3 credit hours, taught by Prof. Sally J. Cornelison.  Topic for fall 2019: "Italian Renaissance Art in New York Collections."

b) HST 735, Readings and Research in European History, 3 credit hours, taught by Prof. Brian Brege.

c) HOA 656, The Literature of Art Criticism, 3 credit hours, taught by Prof. Samuel Johnson.

If necessary, students also audit Italian classes to achieve an appropriate level of language proficiency.

2. Second Semester (spring), Syracuse Florence

a) HOA 621, Seminar in Florentine Art: Florentine Monuments, Contexts, and Audiences, 1300-1600, 3 credit hours, taught by Professor Molly Bourne

b) HST 735.2, Readings and Research in European History, 3 credit hours, taught by Professor Matteo Duni

c) HOA 620, Seminar: Renaissance Art, “Florence as a Mediterranean Center,” 3 credit hours, taught by Prof. Sean Nelson.

d) HOA 622, Seminar in Renaissance Arts and Ideas, 3 credit hours, taught by Profs. Molly Bourne and Jonathan Nelson.A “flex long” course that lasts into the summer. In this course students are introduced to the rich research resources available in Florence and identify and begin to work on their capstone research projects.

Students are expected to take full advantage of SF’s extensive field trip program.

3. Late Spring and Summer

At the conclusion of the spring semester, students are required to take a non-credit course that introduces them to the basics of archival research and paleography. The course, taught by a renowned archivist, lasts two weeks and is conducted at the Florentine State Archives.

In addition, students continue to work on their capstone topics for HOA 622. Students are encouraged, but not required, to remain in Florence for the summer component of this course. At the end of July, students submit the first draft of their capstone papers.

4. Third Semester (fall), Syracuse Florence

a) HOA 620, Seminar: Renaissance Art, "Botticelli and Filippino in the 15th and 19th Centuries," 3 credit hours, taught by Prof. Jonathan Nelson.

b) HOA 645, Seminar in the History of Art Conservation, 3 credit hours, taught by Profs. Ezio Buzzegoli and Diane Kunzelman.

c) HOA 622, Seminar in Renaissance Arts and Ideas, taught by Profs. Molly Bourne and Jonathan Nelson. This seminar is a continuation of the “flex long” section of HOA 622 taught over the previous spring and summer. In this course, students complete their capstone papers and develop and rehearse the scripts for the twenty-minute presentations they deliver at the Program’s annual symposium.