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Art History PhD Degree Requirements

Minimum of 90 credits, as follows:

  • A minimum of 60 credits of art history in numerically graded courses numbered 500 and above, beyond the MA. Of these 60, at least 30 credits must be in graduate-level art history or approved non-art history seminars
  • A maximum of 20 credits in related fields (in numerically graded upper division courses) may be approved for credits in place of art history courses
  • A minimum of 10 credits must be taken in an area other than areas to be tested by the General Examination

All doctoral students are required to demonstrate a knowledge of French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or of Chinese or Japanese where appropriate; to demonstrate a research capability in a second language appropriate to the student’s area of study as determined by the faculty advisor; and to demonstrate a knowledge of any further languages judged necessary by the advisor.

Finally, at least 30 dissertation credits must be taken.

A General Examination, written and oral, will be taken when in the opinion of the student’s supervisory committee the student is deemed ready. The fields to be covered will be determined in accordance with the student’s research areas and the faculty’s supervisory capabilities.

These requirements are minimum PhD requirements for the Division of Art History. To be eligible for a degree in the Graduate School, a grade point average of 3.0 in numerically graded courses numbered 500 and above is required.

Graduate School Minimum Requirements for Doctoral Degree

Detailed information from the UW Graduate School

Satisfactory Progress Requirements

Admission to the Graduate School allows students to continue graduate study and research at the University of Washington only as long as they maintain satisfactory performance and progress toward completion of their graduate degree program - Memo 16: Unsatisfactory Performance and Progress.