Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Within 3 semesters of admission to the Ph.D. program, each student, in consultation with a major advisor, prepares for review by the full Graduate Faculty a Doctoral Program of Study petition that proposes a primary field of specialization and 2 minor fields, 1 of which may be outside the department. The petition, as approved by the faculty, becomes the student’s program of study, which is then overseen by the major advisor and guided by a committee that includes the major- and minor-field advisors.

Ph.D. candidates must satisfy all general requirements. Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in 2 research skills (normally foreign languages) relevant to their research; this requirement must be met before candidates are admitted to the comprehensive examinations for the doctorate. One of the 2 research skills is normally the foreign language that met the M.A. language requirement.

Research Skills & Responsible Scholarship Requirement:

All graduate seminars include instruction in and discussion of appropriate research conduct and research misconduct; authorship, publication, plagiarism, copyright; peer review; and professional practices. For more information on the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement, please see the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Students must take both written and comprehensive oral examinations at the end of their course work. Both written and oral examinations cover the major area and 2 minor areas specified in the student’s Doctoral Program of Study petition. The oral examination normally follows the written examination by 2 weeks.

Within no more than 2 semesters of passing the comprehensive oral examination, the candidate submits a dissertation proposal for faculty approval. Upon acceptance of the dissertation in final draft form, the candidate must successfully pass the final oral examination (the dissertation defense) to complete the degree.

Handbook for Graduate Students

A detailed presentation of departmental degree requirements and regulations is included in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook, available online.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Within 3 semesters of admission to the Ph.D. program, each student, in consultation with a major advisor, prepares for review by the full Graduate Faculty a Doctoral Program of Study petition that proposes a primary field of specialization and 2 minor fields, 1 of which may be outside the department. The petition, as approved by the faculty, becomes the student’s program of study, which is then overseen by the major advisor and guided by a committee that includes the major- and minor-field advisors.

Ph.D. candidates must satisfy all general requirements. Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in 2 research skills (normally foreign languages) relevant to their research; this requirement must be met before candidates are admitted to the comprehensive examinations for the doctorate. One of the 2 research skills is normally the foreign language that met the M.A. language requirement.

Research Skills & Responsible Scholarship Requirement:

All graduate seminars include instruction in and discussion of appropriate research conduct and research misconduct; authorship, publication, plagiarism, copyright; peer review; and professional practices. For more information on the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement, please see the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Students must take both written and comprehensive oral examinations at the end of their course work. Both written and oral examinations cover the major area and 2 minor areas specified in the student’s Doctoral Program of Study petition. The oral examination normally follows the written examination by 2 weeks.

Within no more than 2 semesters of passing the comprehensive oral examination, the candidate submits a dissertation proposal for faculty approval. Upon acceptance of the dissertation in final draft form, the candidate must successfully pass the final oral examination (the dissertation defense) to complete the degree.

Handbook for Graduate Students

A detailed presentation of departmental degree requirements and regulations is included in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook, available online.

Contact Info

Department of History of Art

Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi St., Room 209
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500
785-864-4713
arthist@ku.edu
http://www2.ku.edu/~kuarthis/
Linda Stone-Ferrier, Chair
785-864-4713

Department of History of Art

Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi St., Room 209
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500
785-864-4713
arthist@ku.edu
http://www2.ku.edu/~kuarthis/
David Cateforis, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-4713

Department of History of Art

Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi St., Room 209
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500
785-864-4713
arthist@ku.edu
http://www2.ku.edu/~kuarthis/
Marni Kessler, Graduate Director, European and American Art History
785-864-4713
mrk@ku.edu
Amy McNair and Sherry Fowler, Asian Art History (master's and doctoral)
785-864-4713
amcnair@ku.edu sfowler@ku.edu
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