History of Art

Students in the combined degree program will complete fifteen term courses. Ten of these will be courses in History of Art. Of these courses, a minimum of four will be in “Renaissance Art” from fourteenth-century Italy through the baroque. The five remaining courses making up the “Renaissance Studies” portion of the degree will be broken down as follows: 2 terms of Renaissance Studies Core Course, 3 additional term courses taken in at least two disciplines outside of History of Art (such as literature, History, Music, Religious Studies, etc.). Students will normally take seven courses in the first year, six in the second year (the credit for first-time teaching will be included in this number), and a final course in the fall of the third year.           

Second Year Paper Requirement: 
A paper is to be submitted for consideration in January of the second year.

Language Requirement:
Latin and Italian, as set by Renaissance Studies – one hour of Renaissance Latin prose; two hours of Italian, one of sixteenth-century Italian prose, one of modern Italian scholarship. A third language (in most cases German) at the discretion of the History of Art Department.

Prospectus and Oral Comprehensive Examination:
History of Art: 75 minutes, including examination on at least one field non-contiguous with the Renaissance.

Renaissance Studies: 45 minutes, on 3 15-minute questions to be divided between at least two disciplines outside the History of Art.

Timing of the Exams and Related Matters: 
Students will be expected to complete the prospectus and colloquium by March of the third year and to complete the oral examination not later than September of the fourth year.


Procedures for the submission and evaluation of dissertations will be those followed in History of Art, though the board of readers will normally include a member of the Renaissance Studies Executive Committee.