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.
The University of Minnesota's doctoral program in art history trains scholars who go on to careers in universities, colleges, museums, and other arts institutions throughout the nation and the world. The faculty’s unique range of expertise allow us to offer specialized training that only a few other institutions worldwide are able to match. Our current faculty and institutional strengths support specialization in the following overlapping fields: art and archaeology of ancient Persia (including Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sasanian Iran); Islamic art (including the medieval Persianate world and the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires); art and archaeology of late antiquity; the global early modern in Europe, the Atlantic world, and South Asia; Northern and Italian Renaissance and Baroque art; North American art and visual/material culture; film and photography; and contemporary art and theory.
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants with the necessary preparation holding a BA or an MA are equally encouraged to apply and every incoming class normally consists of students with both backgrounds. Although all students apply to, and begin in, the PhD program, students complete the requirements for an 'in-process' MA on their way to the PhD degree. In addition to transcripts and test scores, students are required to submit a writing sample, statement of objectives (personal statement) outlining their current and future research interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please refer to the program website and contact the DGS for further information: https://cla.umn.edu/art-history/graduate/apply
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: See other program requirements below:
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 all requirements for an MA degree en route to the PhD. Therefore, all courses in the MA at the University of Minnesota are applied to and part of the the PhD requirements. Students with a previous MA in art history may be given credit towards some of their in-process MA coursework requirements (up to 40%). Students may take up to 2 directed study courses to satisfy requirements. Language requirement: Reading proficiency in two modern foreign research languages. Additional modern or ancient languages may be required by the student's advisor depending on field.
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:
Ancient Mediterranean/Western Asia South Asia Islamic Early Modern Europe and the Atlantic World North American Contemporary Film/Photography
|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|