The Department of Art History in the School of the Arts offers a Ph.D. in Art History which is a research-oriented degree designed to train critical and productive scholars who are well grounded in the literature, methodology and major art historical problems in a designated area of study. The program's focus is on interdisciplinary and multicultural studies utilizing new critical methodologies. The program is designed to prepare participants for roles in teaching and curatorial positions at museums in departments of collection management and educational programming.
Students will choose an area of major concentration from one of the following: studies in art and architecture; 18th century to the present; or studies in non-Western art and architecture (African, Oceanic, pre-Columbian and Native American Art). Students will select an area of minor concentration, which may be from any area of art historical inquiry outside the major or, upon approval of the Graduate Committee, may be outside the department.
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools