College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

Herman Moll

Ph.D. Degree

The Ph.D. curriculum allows students to refine their knowledge of their respective fields while mastering advanced research methods. To these ends the Ph.D. program offers courses in the following areas: Ancient Greek and Roman, Late Antique and Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern, Contemporary, Asian, Islamic, and African/Oceanic/Pre-Columbian.


Ph.D. candidates in Art History must complete 90 credit hours in total, distributed among one major, and one minor field outside the department. Students may transfer up to 30 credit hours from their master's degree with approval from the College Graduate Office.

  • 6 courses at the 500 or 600 level in two areas, no more than two of which may be 500-level lectures:  18 CH
  • Minor course requirement: 12 CH
  • A 775 (advanced readings – qualifying exam prep): 3 CH 
  • TOTAL:  33 CH above MA

Language study represents additional course work unless part of a minor

After exams students may register for a further set of A775 for up to 16 CH, A779 for up to 16 CH and A879 for up to 16 CH. At 90 CH the Ph.D. residency requirement is met.  Subsequently, students may register for G901 for as many as 6 semesters to maintain continuing enrollment.  

  • Reading proficiency in two foreign languages
  • Qualifying exams
  • Dissertation
  • Electronic consignment of final dissertation copy

Time Limits: Ph.D. students have seven years to complete all coursework and the Qualifying Examinations. After the Qualifying Examinations have been passed, a student has an additional seven years to complete the Ph.D. dissertation.

Minor: A Ph.D. minor in art history is available to students outside the department. Students must complete 12 credit hours of Art History coursework. They must take 2 lecture courses and two seminars. A seminar may always be used to fulfill a lecture requirement. All programs must be determined in consultation with the art history graduate advisor. A grade point average of 3.5 is required.

* as of 2017-18

Department of Art History
Radio/TV Building 316
1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.