KOC University

Koç University

Archaeology and History of Art (Ph.D.)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Ph.D. program in Archaeology and History of Arts offers academic training in two interrelated specializations. Students can choose to emphasize either archaeology or archaeological sciences or both. Students receive instruction in both topics although the emphasis will change according to the choice of concentration. The program in archaeology educates the student in the archaeology and art history of Turkey (ancient Anatolia) and the surrounding regions. Students are encouraged to select specializations from prehistory through the Ottoman period which reflect the expertise of the faculty. Hands-on experience is provided with on-going excavations including Alalakh (Tell Atchana), Barcin Höyük, Gre Amer, Küçükyali, and Seddülbahir (Kumkale) among others. The program emphasizing archaeological sciences refers to the application of scientific methods and instrumental analysis in order to answer research questions about past societies. Students are offered instruction in ceramic analysis, metallurgy and instrumental analysis. Partnerships with other departments at the university make available specialized instrumentation for analysis. Instruction is offered in scanning electron microscopy (SEM), petrography, micro-soil analysis, trace element analysis, metallurgy (polarizing light microscopy), GIS applications and organic residue analysis. The Department of the History of Art offers a PhD program that combines the study of the cultural, formal and theoretical aspects of visual culture with academic and practical training in museum studies and heritage site management. Doctoral students in the program are expected to develop an academic specialization in a particular subject or era of art history in which there is faculty expertise. Additionally, students are expected to acquire a solid theoretical background along with the practical skills that are needed by museums and the heritage management industry. In addition to the upper level and graduate courses offered in the Archaeology and the History of Art department, PhD students in the History of Art are also eligible to take a variety of cross-listed courses in the History Department and the Media and Visual Arts department. The PhD program in the History of Art maintains a close affiliation with many of the Koc Foundation cultural institutions throughout Turkey, particularly the Koc University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations located in downtown Istanbul. Field work is a integral part of the PhD program in the history of art, and all doctoral students are expected to partake in an internship at a museum or an archaeological site.


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