The program requirements are based on the following principles:
- Students study with a wide variety of professors.
- Students have the opportunity to have regular elective choices of seminars throughout the College of Fine Arts and Ohio University.
- Doctoral students in Interdisciplinary Arts are regularly in the classroom with other students who are engaged in graduate study of the arts.
- Students gain a strong scholarly expertise in one area and a secondary scholarly expertise in another area.
- The program is imbued with the interdisciplinary study.
- Students have the opportunity to study and engage in the practice of the arts in order to understand the crossover between theory/criticism/history and practice.
- The education is inquiry based, from the seminars to individual, independent research. Students learn how to conduct interdisciplinary research on a given project, with the goal of applying the techniques to further studies.
- Scholarship is fostered at the graduate level. Students are expected to submit papers to scholarly conferences (with possible travel funding from the College of Fine Arts) and encouraged to submit articles for publication.
Requirements for Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts
Six seminars in primary area (any area from aesthetics and theory, film, visual arts, music, or theater).
Three seminars must be taken in Interdisciplinary Arts and at least two seminars must be taken from outside Interdisciplinary Arts.
Four seminars in secondary area (any other area from aesthetics and theory, visual arts, film, music, theater)
Two seminars must be taken in Interdisciplinary Arts and two seminars must be taken from outside Interdisciplinary Arts.
Aesthetics seminars (IART 741, IART 742, plus one theory/criticism seminar from the primary or secondary area). If aesthetics and theory is a primary or secondary area, these courses are in addition to the area requirements.
Four Interdisciplinary Arts seminars
Three research/teaching skill courses; three guided independent studies in secondary area for qualifying examinations, or waived upon successful completion of examination (taken in conjunction with undergraduate or graduate survey course); and two performance/practice/studio courses are required.
Students are required to demonstrate reading knowledge of two foreign languages, modern classical languages are acceptable. Completion of language requirements for bachelors and/or masters degrees may be used for the completion of this requirement.
- The student should gain broad knowledge of the canons of two disciplines and will be tested through diagnostic and qualifying examinations.
- All students take a diagnostic examination within the first week of classes in their primary area. This diagnostic examination will be used for advising purposes, and subsequent coursework, independent studies, and/or qualifying examination may be required.
- A student may enter with little knowledge of his/her secondary area. This knowledge can be gained through three quarters of sitting in on undergraduate or graduate survey courses offered by the given school. At the end of the first year, the student takes the qualifying exam in the second area. That student is therefore prepared for taking graduate-level seminars in this secondary area in the second year, as well as taking part in interdisciplinary arts seminars.
Diagnostic exam in primary area: First week of fall quarter.
Qualifying exam in secondary area: At any time prior to the end of spring quarter of first year.
Comprehensive Examination: The goal of the comprehensive examination is to test the student on what he/she has learned during their period of coursework. This should include history, criticism, theory, analytical vocabulary, knowledge of the discipline and bibliography. The student takes the comprehensive examination during fall quarter of the third year of study.
The dissertation subject should be inherently interdisciplinary. The given thesis should be proven through the combined methodologies, subjects and/or theories of two or more arts, or discipline(s) outside the arts. The dissertation may focus on one art discipline and integrate another discipline or disciplines in or outside of the arts. These guidelines should be viewed as inclusionary rather than exclusionary.
Minimum residency requirements are stated in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog. It should be noted, however, that a minimum of two years is necessary for completion of all requirements.