PhD in Art History

About the Program

The ARTH PhD program encourages high scholastic achievement, original research, and a firm theoretical grounding. Alumni of the program have made considerable contributions to teaching and research in universities, museums, and galleries worldwide.

Program Structure

This program opens with a required, rigorous, two-term methodology seminar led by two specialists in divergent areas. Additional seminar offerings are broad and diverse, and students are encouraged to take seminar coursework outside the department as well, to pursue their specialization or to extend the scope of their studies. The program maintains links with the departments of Geography, History, Anthropology, the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, the Institute of European Studies, the Institute of Asian Research, Latin American Studies, and First Nations Studies, among others.

During the course of the program, students are advised by three departmental committees in addition to the Doctoral Thesis Research Supervisor. The Graduate Advisory Committee is available at all times to assist with course selection and the general direction of studies. Members of this committee meet routinely with every graduate student at the beginning of the academic year. The student assembles their own committee initially in preparation for the two required comprehensive examinations. The Minor Comprehensive examination fosters an alternative direction to the student’s main specialization, both for enrichment and to expand career potential. The Major Comprehensive examination establishes the foundation for research in a specialized area. Following the completion of coursework, the comprehensive examinations, and the language requirement, the thesis proposal is established with the guidance of the student’s Thesis Committee.

A successful PhD thesis is founded on high scholastic achievement, original research, and firm theoretical grounding. At the mid-stage of thesis research, PhD candidates share their findings with peers, faculty, and the public through a Round Table presentation to receive critical feedback.

For complete details and requirements, please see the PhD in Art History Program brochure: Download