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History of Art and Architecture

Students in the Department of History of Art and Architecture are able to study in a wide array of areas including: ancient, medieval, early modern (Renaissance, 17th, and 18th centuries), modern, contemporary, East Asian and Latin American art and architecture, and history of photography.

The department's staff consists of historians of the major periods of Western art and of East Asian art. The faculty represents a broad spectrum of the discipline's methodologies and specialties. Courses offered at Harvard and the nearby Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) may be taken for credit free of charge by history of art students with the approval of the department.

Additional resources: Access to the holdings of the RISD Museum and the library of the Rhode Island School of Design, adjacent to the Brown campus; use of the Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World for students interested in antiquity; collections of the Bell Gallery, the John Hay Library, and the John Carter Brown Library; an extensive slide library housed in the List Art Center; and electronic visual resources in development.

Completion Requirements
A.M.: Minimum of 10 courses including no fewer than six departmental seminars (two of which must be 2000-level), including Methods of Research, Practicum, and Research Roundtable Seminar; reading knowledge of at least two foreign languages: German and French for candidates in ancient, European, and American art; a minimum of one European language and Chinese for candidates in Asian art (exceptions may be granted when a reading knowledge of other languages complements a student's research interests); revised seminar paper submitted as an A.M. equivalent or qualifying paper.

Ph.D.: Coursework in three areas of the history of art, general examination (written and oral), dissertation colloquium, and dissertation.

Admission Information
Admission requirements: Writing sample required

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: January 2