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Art History Ph.D.

Art History
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Art History, 338 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4500; fax: 612-626-8679)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 78
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
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:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
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.
Program Requirements
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.
Primary Concentration
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 5xxx
· ARTH 8xxx
Secondary Concentration
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:
ARTH 5xxx
or ARTH 8xxx
Take 9 or more elective credits. At least 3 of these credits must be from the following:
ARTH 5xxx
or ARTH 8xxx
Outside Coursewowrk
Doctoral Minor
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.
Thesis Credits
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
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ARTH 8001 - Art Historiography: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Key texts, from Renaissance to present, from western/non-western fields, relating to history/criticism of both art and visual culture. Focuses on recent critical theory, its re-examination of assumptions underlying the discipline.
ARTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required