Examine the arts from all angles.
Develop the skills, analytical habits of mind and flexibility to be a cultural reporter or critic in the fullest sense.
What You'll Study
M.A. students in the Arts & Culture concentration develop historical knowledge, contextual understanding and nimble thinking across a range of disciplines. Through reporting and writing assignments as well as extensive reading, case studies, site visits and collaborations with scholars and artists, students examine both the emotional force of the arts as well as how they function in social and political contexts and as commodities in a global marketplace.
Respected experts from Columbia and elsewhere often participate as teaching partners. Recent guests have included Jane Ginsburg, an expert on intellectual property at Columbia Law School; Frances Negron‐Muntaner, an expert in Latin‐American culture in Columbia’s English department; Shakespearean Jean Howard; cultural anthropology professor Paige West; religion professor Josef Sorett; and essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.
Vanessa Quirk '15 M.A., Arts & Culture Concentration, wrote her master's thesis about an underground park, the Lowline.Read about how the work came together.
Mona Lalwani '14 M.A., Arts & Culture Concentration, writes her master's thesis on how banning club drugs hasn't made users safer.Read the published article in Vox.
Carmen Graciela Díaz '15 M.A., Arts & Culture Concentration, wrote about Hungary's theater on a funded reporting trip with 12 students.Read her feature article.
Brian Mastroianni ’14 M.A., Arts & Culture Concentration, turned a curiosity into a published thesis.Read about his path to publish in The Atlantic magazine.