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CHAPS Concentration: Curriculum


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.

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.

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.

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.

  • The dissertation proposal will be presented in a closed-door meeting to the dissertationcommittee no later than twelve weeks after successful completion of the  comprehensive exam, or in the first weeks of the Fall semester in the case of a summer break. Students will circulate the proposal in advance of the meeting, and the meeting will be an in-depth discussion of the written proposal with no oral presentationcomponent.
  • The committee will consist of three members of the department and may also include the outside reader, at the adviser’s discretion. Upon consultation with the adviser, the student may wish to invite other faculty members from within or outside the Department to participate in the meeting. Approval of the dissertation proposal shall be decided by the committee.
  • Recognizing the value of general departmental involvement by both faculty and students in the dissertation process, the department will schedule a “work in progress workshop” once a semester to give students the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their ongoing dissertation research.


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


Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  Phone 848.932.7041
Fax 732.932.1261