History of Art and Archaeology Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
History of Art, Archaeology, and Visual Studies
Students choose a major concentration and two minor ones, one (in rare cases, both) of which may be in another field. The format of examinations in the major and minor concentrations is determined in consultation with each member of the Special Committee. Individual exams are followed by an oral exam with all members of the committee.
Research and study opportunities:
The Fine Arts Library in Sibley Hall has extensive holdings in art and architectural history; Olin and Kroch Libraries have excellent resources in history, literature, and other related fields. Particularly notable are the special collections on Dante, Petrarch, witchcraft, the history of science, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is particularly strong in modern and Asian art. It also has a study collection in other fields, including a rich print collection. A study gallery and classroom in the museum make it a regular part of instruction.
The Department of History of Art has a collection of over 300,000 slides and a study collection of photographs of works of art.
The field sponsors a colloquium including graduate students in the field. Students are also encouraged to participate in one of many interdisciplinary groups in theory, medieval studies, the Renaissance colloquium, the Southeast Asia program, and others.
Students interested in the history of architecture and urban development may want to consider the Field of Architecture.
Contact InformationWebsite: https://arthistory.cornell.edu/
Phone: 607 255-9861
GM08 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- 19th century art
- African, African American, and African Diaspora
- American art
- ancient art and archaeology
- Asian American art
- baroque art
- comparative modernities
- contemporary art
- digital art
- East Asian art
- history of photography
- Islamic art
- Latin American art
- medieval art
- modern art
- Native American and Indigenous studies
- Renaissance art
- South Asian art
- Southeast Asian art
- theory and criticism
- visual studies
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec. 10; no spring admission
Prospective Ph.D. Applicants, please note that the field of History of Art, Archaeology, and Visual Studies will not be accepting Ph.D. applications during the academic year 2022-23. We will resume regular admissions in the fall of 2023, admitting for the 2023-24 academic year.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
- three recommendations
- writing sample
The field recommends that applicants have an undergraduate major in the history of art. Applicants must also submit a sample of written work. Applicants should already have begun to study the language or languages appropriate to their intended program; only after demonstrating reading proficiency is a Ph.D. degree candidate eligible for the Admission to Candidacy examination.
The history of art program does not ordinarily admit students seeking a terminal M.A. degree. However, doctoral degree candidates are granted an M.A. degree after successful completion of course work and the Admission to Candidacy examination.
Mastery of research methods and languages appropriate to the area, and ability to produce original results.
In-depth knowledge of major area of expertise, as well as ability to think and dialogue across areas of the discipline and other disciplines.
Effective teaching skills, including appropriate level of presenting material, evaluating student work in primarily essay assignments, and mentoring undergraduates.
Written and oral communication skills, including appropriate professional behavior.
Learning to work within deadlines.