PhD Degree Option for a Minor Field

Ph.D. candidates may choose to complete a Minor Field. A student’s major and minor fields should be reasonably distinct from one another, separated by some combination of media, geography, time period, or other factors as appropriate. Definition of the major and minor fields, although proposed by the student, must have the approval of the primary faculty adviser and the Graduate Program Director. Successful passing of the Minor Field Option consists of 1) two classes in the minor field and 2) a written qualifying paper which can be an extension of a term paper written for a class. Students will be allowed to count one undergraduate course (taken for graduate credit) toward the minor field.

Doctoral students should submit the qualifying paper to the Graduate Program Director and one other art history faculty member (usually the professor who taught the course for which the paper was written) for approval. If the paper was written in another department or at another institution, the student must nonetheless submit it to the Graduate Program Director and one Rutgers art history faculty member for review.

The qualifying paper may be the same as the student’s M.A. essay. If the student submits the M.A. paper as the Minor Option qualifying paper, the rules regarding M.A. papers must be followed. At the same time the paper is approved for the M.A., the adviser will also approve the paper for the minor field.

There is no minor field option for students pursuing the M.A. degree as their final degree.