Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Art History

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Offered by: Art History & Communications     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (3 credits)

  • ARTH 600 Advanced Professional Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communications (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies


    Art History : A seminar course for M.A. and Ph.D. students dealing with methodological issues in Art History.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Engeline Vanhaelen (Fall)

  • ARTH 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

    Offered by: Art History & Communications (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies


    Art History : Compulsory examination for all doctoral candidates.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

Four courses chosen from the following:

or from the 600-level complementary courses listed for the M.A.

Alternatively, up to 3 of the 12 credits may be from other disciplines, as approved by the Department.

Language Requirement

Ph.D. students must demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English that is related to their dissertation research, as determined by their supervisor. Certain areas of study may require more extensive language training, which will be determined by individual supervisors. In cases where dissertation research does not require non-English proficiency, Ph.D. students must demonstrate proficiency in French.

Faculty of Arts—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 23, 2017) (disclaimer)