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Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities - Aesthetic Studies


The PhD in humanities – aesthetic studies degree program is designed primarily for individuals who wish to conduct advanced research and to teach at the college level, but it is open to qualified candidates who wish to enhance fully their knowledge and skills. The program provides students with a flexible, interdisciplinary context within which to pursue their studies, concentrating on the visual and performing arts, creative writing, art history and film studies. Each student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with an assigned advisor. Students may concentrate within one of the three main areas of study:

  • Aesthetic Studies (HUAS), which concentrates on the visual and performing arts, creative writing, art history and film studies;
  • History of Ideas (HUHI), which concentrates on history and philosophy; and
  • Studies in Literature (HUSL), which concentrates on literature, language and rhetoric.
All students must take two seminars in each of these three main areas of study.

Program Information

School: School of Arts and Humanities

Program: Humanities - Aesthetic Studies

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Humanities - Aesthetic Studies Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree in arts and humanities fields

GPA: 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate and graduate work)

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


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Possible Careers

Professor, teacher, researcher

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.