PhD. Concentration in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

Chaps PhD

This 12 credit concentration within the Department of Art History Ph.D. program provides participants with the opportunity to broaden and give depth to their art historical/archaeological areas of specialization through the exploration of cross-disciplinary and global approaches to the analysis of monuments, sites and works of art within the context of World Heritage.

The CHAPS concentration is an appropriate complement for all of the fields of specialization currently offered in the Department of Art History. Students are encouraged to think broadly and cross-culturally, and to integrate relevant theory and practice into their art historical research, writing, and teaching. The concentration provides participants with additional areas of competence that will enhance career opportunities both outside and within academia. Cultural Heritage Preservation is a fast growing trans-disciplinary academic field at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Potential employers outside of academia include: museums-ranging from encyclopedic to highly specialized; cultural institutions and sites; governmental and non-governmental agencies dealing with tangible and intangible cultural heritage (the World Monuments Fund, UNESCO, ICOMOS, for example); auction houses; local, regional and national preservation offices; historic preservation commissions and societies; preservation advocacy organizations; cultural resource management firms; architectural and landscape architecture firms; and design or planning firms (national and international in focus). Cultural Heritage Preservation is a fast growing trans-disciplinary academic field as well.

CHAPS concentration: Curriculum

Four courses (12 credits)

Normally graduates participating in the program will take the Seminar in Global Heritage Preservation in addition to two seminars on key issues in Cultural Heritage. A fourth course may be an additional seminar on a key theme, or an internship approved by the CHAPS advisor.

Dissertation Proposal

Students choosing the CHAPS concentration will be encouraged to develop a dissertation topic with a strong cultural heritage component in consultation with their CHAPS and Art History advisor. A CHAPS faculty member will serve on the Dissertation committee.

Qualifying Exam

The qualifying exam consists of an oral exam followed by the ten day written paper. Both the written and oral exams will contain a CHAPS concentration component. A CHAPS faculty member will serve on the examination committee.

The oral examination is approximately two hours in length. After successful completion of this portion, the student undertakes the written portion. The topic of the paper, which is assigned by the committee, is designed to assist students with formulating concepts and methods for their dissertations.


Students accepted into to the Graduate Ph.D. Program in Art History through the existing admission process have the option of choosing to pursue this concentration.

Ph.D. Coursework requirements with CHAPS concentration.

36 credits of coursework, of which 12 credits must be related to the CHAPS program. 6 credits - dissertation proposal

6 credits - qualifying exam

24 credits - research


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