Suggested Course of Study

For students entering without an MA in art history:

Year 1:

  • HIAA 2920 (Methods) or HIAA 2930 (Practicum)
  • Semester 1: courses; language prep; attendance at Research Roundtables
  • Semester 2: courses, language prep; attendance at Research Roundtables
  • Summer: language preparation 

Year 2:

  • Remaining required departmental introductory course (Methods or Practicum)
  • Semester 3: courses; preparation of Qualifying Paper
  • Semester 4: courses; Qualifying Paper completed and approved (by two faculty members) and language requirements completed by May 1st. At this time (or early in semester 5) the student should petition the Department in writing to be considered for admission into the PhD program. The faculty will meet to assess the student’s coursework, Qualifying Paper, language requirements, and general progress and either recommend entrance or termination.
  • Summer: Preparation for General Examination. Selection of faculty to serve as members of the General Examination committee and the dissertation committee. The latter committee may include a faculty member outside Brown.

Year 3:

  • Semester 5: General Examination to be completed by the end of the semester.
  • Semester 6: Preparation of the Dissertation Prospectus and passing of the Colloquium Examination.

Year 4:

  • Research

Year 5:

  • Research and writing; external funding applications

Year 6:

  • Completion of writing of dissertation

For students entering with an MA in art history:

At least one language completed, and coursework that will count towards the Program’s course requirements:

[Note: Students entering with both languages completed and an MA thesis that is accepted as a Qualifying Paper may well be able to complete their requirements earlier than suggested by this schedule. Individuals should consult with their advisor and the DGS to establish a personal timeline.]

Year 1:

  • HIAA 2920 (Methods) or HIAA 2930 (Practicum)
  • Semester 1: courses, language prep; attendance at Research Roundtables
  • Semester 2: Language prep; Preparation of Qualifying Paper (or submission/revision of MA thesis); attendance at Research Roundtables
  • Summer: Complete language preparation and Qualifying Paper. Selection of faculty to serve as members of the General Examination committee and the dissertation committee.

Year 2:

  • Remaining introductory seminar (Methods or Practicum)
  • Semester 1: Early in the semester: Qualifying Paper completed and approved and language requirement completed. After completion the student should petition the department in writing to be considered for admission into the PhD program. The faculty will meet to assess the student’s coursework, Qualifying Paper, language requirements, and general progress and either recommend entrance or termination. Meet with General Examination committee to set questions for the examination. Study for General Examination.
  • Semester 2: General Examination to be completed by the end of the semester.

Year 3:

  • Semester 1: Dissertation Prospectus completed, Colloquium Examination passed.
  • Semester 2: Research

Year 4:

  • Dissertation research and writing

Year 5:

  • Completion of writing