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Doctor of Philosophy in History of Art

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Within 3 semesters of admission to the Ph.D. program, each student, in consultation with a major adviser, prepares for review by the full Graduate Faculty a Doctoral Program of Study petition that proposes a primary field of specialization and 2 minor fields, 1 of which may be outside the department. The petition, as approved by the faculty, becomes the student’s program of study, which is then overseen by the major adviser and guided by a committee that includes the major- and minor-field advisers.

Ph.D. candidates must satisfy all general requirements. Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in 2 research skills (normally foreign languages) relevant to their research; this requirement must be met before candidates are admitted to the comprehensive examinations for the doctorate. One of the 2 research skills is normally the foreign language that met the M.A. language requirement.

Note: Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

Students must take both written and comprehensive oral examinations at the end of their course work. Both written and oral examinations cover the major area and 2 minor areas specified in the student’s Doctoral Program of Study petition. The oral examination normally follows the written examination by 2 weeks.

Upon passing the comprehensive oral examination, the candidate submits a dissertation proposal for faculty approval. Upon acceptance of the dissertation in final draft form, the candidate must successfully pass the final oral examination (the dissertation defense) to complete the degree.

Handbook for Graduate Students

A detailed presentation of departmental degree requirements and regulations is included in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook, available online.

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