Each year the department admits a small entering class of doctoral students (approximately 6) in order to fund all students fully and to foster an environment that promotes good faculty mentoring and student camaraderie.
We encourage our students to give papers at both student and professional conferences, and to compete for national grants. Recent graduate students have won prestigious fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study of Visual Arts in Washington, D.C., the Georgia O'Keeffe Center in Santa Fe, the College Art Association, the Kress Foundation, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.
Recent PhDs have an excellent placement record, earning tenure-track positions at the University of Arizona, Bard College, the University of Cincinnati, Gettysburg College, McMaster University (Ottawa), the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and elsewhere. Other recent graduates have worked at the High Museum in Atlanta, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Presidio Department of the National Park Service.