Once a student is admitted to candidacy, they have completed all degree requirements except for the dissertation and they are “All but Dissertation”


Arts + Public Life: an initiative to deepen the connection between the University, arts community, south side institutions, and the Chicago community

Arts Core

Courses that meet the General Education requirements in the arts for undergraduates. Also referred to as AMD (Arts, Music, Drama) 


Arts, Science + Culture Initiative, which includes a grant program for graduate students


Bross lecture series endowed in memory of Louise Smith Bross, presented every three years by a distinguished scholar of pre-1800 European art and resulting in a book-length publication


Course Assistant, a teaching position for undergraduate courses


College Art Association, which sponsors the annual professional conference of art historians and artists at which many of our faculty and students present and participate


Critical Inquiry: a UChicago-based journal devoted to critical thought in the Arts and Humanities, with several art history faculty members serving on the editorial board


Center for Latin American Studies with which many of our faculty are affiliated


[pronounced kōsē] Chicago Object Study Initiative, a Mellon Foundation sponsored partnership between UChicago and Northwestern’s Art History departments and the AIC


Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality with which many of our faculty are affiliated


[pronounced kwăk] Cochrane-Woods Art Center. Building that houses the Art History Department and the VRC, adjacent to the Smart Museum and the Court Theater. Also sometimes used to refer to the north side of campus, often pairs with the Logan Arts Center on the south side of the Midway, framing the campus with two arts centers


Dissertation Completion Fellowship, formerly known as Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF), also known as a write-up fellowship


Director of Graduate Studies


Director of Undergraduate Studies



Foreign Language and Area Studies funding, awarded for language study to many art history students by the Humanities Division with funding from the U.S. Department of Education 


Graduate Aid Initiative, launched in 2007 to support full five-year funding packages to all incoming doctoral students in the Humanities and other divisions

The Gray

Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, which has sponsored collaborations of our faculty with artists and other scholars


Teaching Fellow in the Humanities Division, also known as Humanities Teaching Fellow


Institute for Molecular Engineering, down the street from CWAC and including the Eckhardt Cafe


Alias for the Woodlawn Tap, the pub one block from CWAC frequented by Art History graduate students


The Logan Center for the Arts south of the Midway


Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, which provides opportunities to attain a Masters in the Humanities with a focus on Art History

The Med

Medici Restaurant and Bakery located on 57th Street

The Midway

The Midway Plaisance is a mile long park extending along 59th and 60th Street on the south side of campus near the Logan Center for the Arts.

The Neubauer

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, an interdisciplinary research institute that has supported the collaborative research of many of our faculty


1. Open Practice Committee, an umbrella for visiting artists lectures in the Department of Visual Arts, founded by artist and former UChicago faculty member Tania Bruguera

2. Obama Presidential Center, being planned near campus in Jackson Park and designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, who also designed the Logan Center for the Arts


Professional Advancement and Training For Humanities Scholars, an NEH-funded initiative prepares UChicago PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for meaningful careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government

The Pub

The UChicago Pub in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall, open to members of the UChicago community with a famous trivia night, food, games, and drinks


Qualifying Paper, typically submitted in the second year of the PhD program

Quad Club

The Quadrangle Club, also known as the QClub, contains event spaces, a restaurant, tennis courts, and hotel rooms for faculty, staff, and the UChicago community


The Gerald Ratner Athletics Center across the street from the Art History department


The Special Collections Research Center located in the Regenstein Library, housing rare books, manuscripts, and archives


Summer Language Instituteoffering beginning and intermediate courses in several modern languages and selected ancient languages, and reading and research language courses for graduate students


The Smart Museum of Art adjacent to and closely associated with the Art History department

Smart Lectures

A lecture series supported by the Smart Family Foundation, which brings scholars from around the globe to give lectures at the Department of Art History

Social Hour

Frequent social events for department graduate students sponsored by the Humanities Division


Visual Resources Center, located in CWAC, housing a wealth of digital media


The former Walker Museum for geology that today houses the offices of the Humanities Division and the English department


Writing Intern, a teaching position for undergraduate courses focused on writing instruction


Zaleski & Horvath Market Cafe located on 57th Street