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Graduate Programs

University of Minnesota's Doctoral Program in Art History trains scholars who go on to careers in universities, colleges, museums, and other arts institutions throughout the nation and the world. The Department of Art History is an exciting place to ground yourself in the theories and methods of art history, to pursue interdisciplinary work, and to develop a global perspective on the discipline. Our current faculty and institutional strengths support specialization in eight overlapping fields: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Persia (including Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Iran); Islamic Art (including the medieval Persianate world and the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires); Art and Archaeology of Late Antiquity; the Global Early Modern in Europe and the Atlantic World; Italian Baroque Art; North American Art and Visual/Material Culture; Film and Photography; and Contemporary Art and Theory.

As a major research university located in a thriving urban center, the University of Minnesota has much to offer students of the visual arts. On campus the Weisman Art Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry, features an outstanding teaching collection, stimulating exhibitions, and an active programming schedule. Beyond the university, you will find in the Twin Cities a lively arts community and world-class art institutions including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, and the Guthrie Theater.

We are committed to supporting graduate students intellectually, professionally, and financially. The interdisciplinary programming of the Institute for Advanced Study and other campus centers provides many opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues in other fields. You will encounter opportunities to curate exhibitions on campus and in the community. And you will enter into a graduate student community that is remarkably active in presenting papers both nationally and internationally. The Department of Art History's graduate student professionalization workshop meets several times each semester to discuss such topics as teaching methods, journal and book publishing, c.v. preparation, and the job market. Funding for graduate studies is guaranteed for up to 5 years, through a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.

We encourage you to explore our website and contact us to find out more about the graduate program.