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Graduate and Ph.D. Studies

Learn to articulate, investigate, and engage with the arts

Interdisciplinary Scholar Track (PhD)


Interdisciplinary Arts students at Ohio University undertake a strong education in a primary and secondary discipline. The centerpiece of the program is a series of interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars. Faculty and students come together to investigate intensively a selected topic and/or period from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Students take courses from faculty across the College of Fine Arts, as well as in disciplines outside the fine arts. This training serves as preparation for a variety of professional careers, especially college and university teaching. The program prepares students for scholarly research, while also valuing creative activity in the arts. Funded by assistantships, Interdisciplinary Arts Ph.D. candidates receive valuable teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Areas of Inquiry

Interdisciplinary Arts is a consortium of scholars and scholar-artists in the following areas: African Arts and Literatures, Art and Architectural History, Ethnomusicology/Musicology, Film Studies/Comparative Literature, Theater/Performance studies, and Philosophy of Art. Each faculty member poses a distinct perspective on the interrelationships, interdependencies and interactions among the arts, critical studies, and history.

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Charles Buchanan

"Interdisciplinarity expands the boundaries of conventional knowledge exponentially, and thus should be considered at the forefront of academic inquiry."

- Dr. Charles Buchanan

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