Art History Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

There is no terminal MA in the Department of Art History. The MA is awarded to all students who successfully complete the 1st and 2nd year requirements in good standing. All students entering the program, whether with or without a master’s degree from another institution, are required to complete the qualifying paper at the end of their second year to verify their readiness to complete major and minor doctoral field requirements.

PhD

Students are expected to take courses with a wide range of faculty members. Students must take 8 courses the primary field, and four courses to satisfy departmental breadth requirements. 300-level courses approved by The Graduate School may be taken with permission of the graduate advisor and instructor.

Courses Units
First Year  
ART HIST 401 Methods/Historiography of Art History 1
Other courses in primary field and to fulfill breadth requirements 8
Second Year  
Art Hist 402 Writing Seminar
ART HIST 499 Independent Study and/or courses in primary field and to fulfill breadth requirements 1
ART HIST 570 Teaching Assistantship in Art History (optional; may be taken other years for some TAs) 6-8

Third Year

 
Art Hist 406 Dissertation Prospectus Seminar 1
ART HIST 499 Independent Study and/or courses in primary field 6-8
ART HIST 570 Teaching Assistantship in Art History (optional; may be taken other years for some TAs) (2)
Fourth Year  
see Ph.D. Dissertation below  
Total required graded courses 18

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations, Language: Students must pass two foreign language reading proficiency exams before being advanced to candidacy. One of these must be in the 1st year and, typically, one of these languages must be French or German, while the 2nd is selected by the student in consultation with the advisor in relation to the student's program.
  • Examinations, Oral Qualifying: In the winter quarter of the 3rd year, all students take a three-hour oral Ph.D. qualifying exam. The exam is administered by a three-person committee chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor and is based on field bibliographies generated in consultation with the appropriate committee member during the fall quarter of the 3rd year.
  • PhD Dissertation: dissertation supervised by at least three-person faculty committee.
  • Other: teaching assignments; written evaluations of student's performance in each course at end of each quarter; review of written evaluations by faculty at beginning of each quarter; students with deficient evaluations meet with department chair and graduate advisor; copies of written reviews distributed to students. On the basis of cumulative written negative evaluations, students in serious difficulty at end of the first or second year may not be permitted to continue in the program.
  • Final Evaluations: defense of dissertation