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Welcome to the Department of Art History

The Department of Art History provides diverse programs for the study of the history and theory of art, leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Applicants with a BA and applicants who bring an MA in Art History from another institution are both welcome. The program seeks to create a forum for the exploration of the visual arts as manifested in major epochs of European, Near Eastern, Asian, and American civilizations. This is accomplished by encouraging the exploration of diverse approaches and the examination of varied materials. The department seeks to cultivate knowledge of salient works of art, of the structures within which they are produced and utilized, and of the ways in which the visual environment in the broadest sense generates, acquires, and transmits meaning. Ways of addressing and analyzing the range of materials that constitute visual culture are emphasized in lectures, seminars, and workshops through the oral and written presentation of research and inquiry into specific objects, periods, and issues.

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Art History at the University of Chicago. We are always ready to answer questions about the graduate program, admissions, and financial aid. To begin the online application process for the graduate program, please click here.


Department of Art History | Division of the Humanities
166 Cochrane Woods Art Center
5540 South Greenwood Avenue | Chicago, IL 60637
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