PhD in Humanities
- Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities
- Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities Major in Aesthetic Studies
- Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities Major in History of Ideas
- Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities Major in Studies in Literature
The program leading to the PhD in Humanities is designed primarily for individuals who wish to conduct advanced research and to teach at the college level, but it is open to qualified candidates who wish to enhance fully their knowledge and skills.
The program provides students with a flexible, interdisciplinary context within which to pursue their studies, built on connections among specific courses and areas of interest. Each student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with an assigned advisor.
Students may concentrate within one of the three main areas of study:
- Aesthetic Studies (HUAS) which concentrates on the visual and performing arts, creative writing, art history and film studies;
- History of Ideas (HUHI) which concentrates on history and philosophy; and
- Studies in Literature (HUSL) which concentrates on literature, language and rhetoric.
All students must take two seminars in each of these three main areas of study.
Students who have completed pertinent graduate work at other institutions (30 hours of humanities courses, language training and written work roughly equivalent to the portfolio) may qualify for a Master of Arts equivalency upon admission to the graduate program. Students admitted with an MA equivalency must take the required core course for the humanities program, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities (HUMA 6300).
Students seeking a PhD in the humanities will normally complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of course work beyond a master's degree or its equivalent, pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, demonstrate advanced proficiency in an approved foreign language, pass the Doctoral Field Examinations, submit a dissertation proposal, and complete and defend a dissertation.
Students must, within the first 18 semester credit hours of coursework applicable to the degree plan, successfully complete HUMA 6300, one course in HUAS, one course in HUHI, and one course in HUSL. In addition, doctoral students must also enroll in at least 5 organized courses offered at the 7000-level as part of their 42 hours of coursework.
Learn more about the Foreign Language Requirement
Learn more about the Doctoral Field Examinations
Learn more about Dissertation Proposals
Active involvement in the process of creation and performance is basic to the design of the aesthetic studies area of concentration. We recommend that students working in the PhD program with an emphasis in aesthetic studies take at least one ensemble/workshop (in addition to any taken at the MA level). Students pursuing the PhD with an emphasis in aesthetic studies may submit a creative project as part of their dissertation.
Learn more about Creative Project as Dissertation Guidelines
To be a full-time student, nine hours of courses per semester is required; three hours of courses per semester is required to be enrolled in the program.
To have courses taken outside the School of Arts and Humanities applies to one of its degrees, students must seek prior approval from the associate dean for graduate studies. They may also petition to have appropriate transfer courses applied to their degree plan.