Twin Cities Campus
Art History Ph.D.
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Art History, 338 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4500; fax: 612-626-8679)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: The art history program does not admit students directly to the PhD All art history graduate students begin in the MA program and are expected to continue on toward the PhD Areas of specialization include: North American, Ancient Mediterranean, Ancient Western Asia, Early Modern, East Asian, Islamic, Medieval, Modern, Contemporary, Film/Photography, and South Asian. The master's is the first stage of the linked MA/PhD graduate program in Art History. The department does not offer a terminal master's degree.The PhD is the second stage of the linked MA/PhD graduate program in Art History. All students, whether they have an master's from a previous institution or not, apply to and gain admission through the master's program.
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Note: The program does not admit students directly to the PhD All graduate students in art history begin in the MA program and are expected to continue on toward the PhD Graduate students who join the program already having completed a master's degree or graduate-level coursework at another institution may be allowed to transfer credits. See the department website for more information or contact the director of graduate studies.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
42 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Reading proficiency in two foreign languages.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students complete a Master's degree en route to the PhD. Therefore, all courses in the MA at the University of Minnesota are applied to this PhD. Students may take up to 2 Directed Study courses to satisfy requirements.
Art History Department Courses
Within this the following concentrations and electives, students must fulfill the following distribution requirements in courses taken in the Art History department: 1) Global Perspectives Requirement (1 course) 2) Art History Seminars at the 8xxx level (2 courses) - This requirement is in addition to ARTH 8001, and excluding ARTH 8975.
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 5xxx
· ARTH 8xxx
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 5xxx
· ARTH 8xxx
Required Art History Courses
ARTH 8001 - Art Historiography: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
Take 3 additional credits from either:
or ARTH 8xxx
Take 9 or more elective credits. At least 3 of these credits must be from the following:
or ARTH 8xxx
• A doctoral-level minor is comprised of a minimum of 12 credits, with the terms specified by the department housing the minor program. • At least 6 credits of the minor must be taken in a single field outside the Department of Art History. The field must be related to Art History, but cannot be art historical in content.
or Supporting Program
• A supporting program consists of 12 credits, which may be from more than one discipline outside the department and which represent a coherent area of work. • 6 credits may be art historical in content; however, they must be outside the student's primary area of concentration. • 6 additional credits of the supporting program must NOT be art historical in content.
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Areas of Concentration
Examples of potential concentrations include:
North American Ancient Mediterranean Ancient Western Asia Early Modern East Asian Islamic Medieval Modern Contemporary Film/Photography South Asian
|Credits:||3.0 [max 3.0]|
|Grading Basis:||A-F or Aud|
|Typically offered:||Periodic Fall & Spring|
|Credits:||1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]|
|Grading Basis:||No Grade|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall, Spring & Summer|