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Ph.D Program Course Distribution

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Required Course

Methods of Art History

Major Area Distribution

Four courses in your chosen major area; note that Ancient Art cannot be the major area for the PhD.

Minor Area Distribution

Three courses in your chosen minor area.


Two courses, chosen in consultation with the student’s major professor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Dissertation Research

24 hours required.

Language Requirement

  • By the end of the first year in residence, reading knowledge of French and German must be demonstrated.
  • Language requirements for students with a specialization in World Arts may differ.
  • Depending on the area of specialization, additional languages may be required.

Scholarly Engagement Requirement

The graduate school requires doctoral students to interact with faculty and peers by attending seminars, symposia, and conferences, and engaging in collaborative study and research beyond the university campus. The goal is to prepare students to be scholars who can independently acquire, evaluate, and extend knowledge, as well as develop themselves as effective communicators and disseminators of knowledge. The Art History department fosters engagement by encouraging students to present papers at regional and national conferences, curate exhibitions, and publish research.