Doctor of Philosophy in Art History
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/art/
To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program, students must submit the following credentials:
- Application to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions
- Transcripts of all colleges attended (undergraduate or graduate)
- Three current, substantive letters of recommendation, appended to the recommendation forms
- Graduate Record Examination scores (a minimum GRE verbal score of 160 is required by the Art History Program for admission)
- A statement of purpose (approximately one thousand words in length) that details academic interests, reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree in Art History, and intended field of study
- A writing sample that can stand as evidence of the applicant's intellectual, investigative, and expository skills
International students must meet all criteria, including the TOEFL examination, set forth in the Graduate Catalog
Coursework required for the Ph.D. in Art History includes completion of the M.A. plus 15 credit hours ARTH 500-level electives, 15 credit hours ARTH 600-level electives, 6 credit hours of Dissertation Research, and 6 credit hours of graduate level electives outside the Art History Program, for a total of 72 credit hours. Additional 600-level courses may be substituted for 500-level.
Up to a total of 15 credit hours of 500 or 600 level electives outside Art History may be substituted for Art History electives of similar level provided they are appropriate and are approved in advance by the student's advisor.
Students are required to demonstrate facility in two foreign languages, one of which must be relevant to the field of dissertation research (for example, Latin or Greek for ancient art). Some areas of Art History require that students have a mastery of epigraphy and paleography. Students in any field in which extensive language study is necessary in order to conduct research must concentrate on the relevant language or languages before taking the comprehensive exam.
Language proficiency is demonstrated in one of two ways: 1) Taking a proficiency examination administered by the department, scheduled in the fall and spring semesters. The proficiency exam is a one hour translation examination with the use of a dictionary. Students are required to demonstrate intermediate level facility in the language. 2) Completing the intermediate level of the language course at the University of Louisville with a grade of B or better.
Through course work, independent study, and directed readings, each student must prepare her/himself to pass a written comprehensive exam before admission to candidacy. Language requirements must have been met and all course work completed before a student may take the comprehensive exam.
After being admitted to candidacy, the student must write a dissertation and defend it in a final oral examination.
- Minimum 30 credit hours of coursework at the 500 and 600 level (exclusive of course work earned for the M.A. degree)
- ARTH 743 and 744: Directed Readings for Comprehensive Exam (3 credit hours maximum for each)
- ARTH 745: Dissertation Research (12 credit hours maximum)
- Comprehensive exam (upon completion of coursework and before beginning the dissertation)
- Dissertation prospectus
- Dissertation and defense
- 500-level electives: 15 credit hours (maximum for application to degree requirements). In addition, if an equivalent course was not taken at the M.A. level, Ph.D. students must also take ARTH 541: Modern Perspectives of the Visual Arts
- 600-level electives: 15 credit hours (minimum) (note: 600-level courses may be substituted for 500-level courses, with the exception of ARTH 541)
- Independent Study (ARTH 643/644) may be used to fulfill the 600 level electives above (students are permitted four independent study courses)
- 500 or 600-level electives: 6 credit hours outside Art History, preferably courses related to the dissertation
- ARTH 743 and 744: Directed Readings for Comprehensive Exams (3 credit hours maximum for each)
- ARTH 745: Dissertation Research (12 credit hours maximum). To be taken only by Ph.D. candidates actively engaged in dissertation research
- Students are expected to take any courses necessary in preparation for scholarly research.
- Students must continue to enroll for credit each Fall and Spring, including any semesters after coursework has been completed and before graduation. After completing minimum course requirements for the program, doctoral students must maintain continuous registration until the completion of the degree. Once enrolled in Doctoral Candidacy, students must maintain enrollment year round (Fall, Spring and Summer) until the completion of the degree.
- A minimum gpa of 3.5 must be maintained in the Ph.D. program.
- The Art History faculty periodically review Ph.D. students who have not yet advanced to candidacy and will discourage from further work those students whose progress and performance are deemed unsatisfactory.
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