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History + Theory Ph.D. Information Session - Fall 2020

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Please join us for a short overview of the History & Theory Ph.D. Program at Princeton on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 1:30PM Eastern Time on Zoom.


Registration closed Wednesday, October 28th.




The interdisciplinary nature of the doctoral (Ph.D.) program stresses the relationship of architecture, urbanism, landscape, and building technologies to their cultural, social, and political milieus. Supported by strong affiliations with other departments in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, the program offers a comprehensive approach to the study of the field. Students interact with their peers to sustain individual projects in a context of collective research.


The History and Theory Track

The Ph.D. Committee sets the course requirements for each student according to his or her previous experience, specialized interests, and progress through the program. For the first two years, each student engages in coursework and independent study and is required to complete a minimum of four classes each semester, including required language, audited courses, and independent reading courses, for a total of sixteen courses, at least nine of which must be taken for a grade and result in a paper. After their first year of doctoral study, students are encouraged also to apply for assistantships in instruction, which are considered an intrinsic part of a scholar’s training. If the student is hired as an Assistant-in-Instruction (AI), the minimum number of courses the student must complete that semester will be reduced to three. This will not reduce the number of required papers, so the AI assignment replaces only an audited course.


Click to read more about the Ph.D. track in History and Theory of Architecture.

Click to see a list of recently completed doctoral dissertations.


If you have any questions, please contact soaprograms@princeton.edu.