PhD in Archaeology and History of Art

Ph.D. program in Archaeology and History of Art has two different subject concentrations:

  • Archaeology
  • History of Art

The Ph.D. program in Archaeology offers the opportunity for advanced study in the archaeology of Turkey (ancient Anatolia) and the surrounding regions. Students should be interested in specializations that reflect the expertise of the faculty including the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman or Byzantine periods. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty on-site research at Alalakh, Barcın Höyük, Gordion, Küçükyalı, and Sagalassos among others. Field studies either at an excavation or an internship are required. The program emphasizes archaeological theory and methodology and students are given instruction in ceramic analysis, metallurgy and instrumental analysis. Partnerships with other departments at the university make available specialized instrumentation for analysis. Instruction is offered in scanning electron microscopy (SEM), petrography, micro-soil analysis, trace element analysis, metallurgy (polarizing light microscopy), GIS applications and organic residue analysis. The program also stresses the importance of cultural heritage management and public archaeology education through museums.

The Ph.D. program in the History of Art combines the study of the cultural, formal and theoretical aspects of visual culture with academic and practical training in museum studies and heritage site management. Doctoral students in the program are expected to develop an academic specialization in a particular subject or era of art history in which there is faculty expertise (Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk or Ottoman). Additionally, students are expected to acquire a solid theoretical background along with the practical skills that are needed by museums and the heritage management industry. In addition to the upper level and graduate courses offered in the Archaeology and the History of Art department, PhD students in the History of Art are also eligible to take a variety of cross-listed courses in the History Department and the Media and Visual Arts department. The department maintains a close affiliation with many of the Koç Foundation cultural institutions throughout Turkey, particularly the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations located in downtown Istanbul. Field studies are an integral part of the Ph.D. program in the history of art, and all doctoral students are expected to partake in an internship at a museum, cultural heritage organization or an archaeological site.

Language Requirement

Ph.D. students need to demonstrate reading comprehension of two foreign languages. The languages can be either ancient or modern and should be relevant to the student’s field of research and chosen in consultation with the advisor. The language cannot be English. Students should have completed the requirement by the end of the 3rd year. The students can demonstrate reading comprehension in either of the following ways:

1. Taking an exam requiring them to translate a text selection into English,

2. Students who have taken 2 semesters of an advanced language course that is taught at Koç University (ex. Greek III and IV, Latin III and IV), may be excused from the language exam in consultation with the advisor and based on the assessment of the respective language instructor. This rule does not apply to advanced language classes at other institutions – in these cases the student needs to take a written translation exam.

Format and Timing

Language exams will be given during the first month of each semester. The language exam consists of a two-hour exam, during which students will translate a text passage of 500-600 words with the help of a printed dictionary. The text should be translated into English. An ARHA professor will select a text passage that is representative of the type of text that the student might be expected to use for their research.

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Sep 2019
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