Humanities (PhD)

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Humanities PhD Program is exclusively for the fall semester of each academic year.

All materials must be received by January 15 for the following fall. No late applications will be accepted.

All applicants must have completed an appropriate master's degree (MA, MFA, MDiv, or other) prior to beginning the program.

All applicants must also have fulfilled all requirements of the Graduate School.

Application requirements include:

  • Online Graduate Application for Admission
  • Graduate Application fee
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A statement of intent (about 1000 words) focusing on the research interests and the applicant’s professional goals
  • A scholarly or creative writing sample
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate- and graduate-level work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores.  The Humanities Graduate Admissions Committee will do a holistic review of all the application material in order to make a final decision. (This requirement is waived for the 2022-2023 cycle.)
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or colleagues attesting to capability for doctoral-level work
  • If applicable, proof of English proficiency

Program Requirements

In addition to the coursework outlined below, students are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in two classical and/or modern languages, or advanced proficiency in one (in addition to English). 

It also is strongly recommended that students orient completion of specialization coursework toward a specific discipline, and supplement required coursework with elective courses in that discipline.

Required Coursework 

Culture, Criticism, and Contemporary Thought (3CT) or Public Arts and Letters (PAL) tracks: there are no track specific course requirements beyond the Foundations and Theories and Methods courses listed below.

Foundation Courses12
Proseminar: Introduction to Doctoral Study (Global Humanities)
Historical Perspectives on Arts & Culture I
Historical Perspectives on Arts & Culture II
Global Perspectives on Arts & Culture
Theories and Methods Courses 6
Topics in Cultural Theory
Topics in Aesthetic Theory
Supervised Projects 9
Graduate Internship
Doctoral Project I
Doctoral Project II
Courses in Area of Specialization12
Dissertation Research9
Dissertation Research
Minimum Total Hours48