Distinguished Majors Program (DMP)
Students with superior academic performance are encouraged to apply to the Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) in which they write a thesis demonstrating independent study of high quality.
The deadline for the DMP application is April 30th of the student's 3rd year. In special circumstances, students may apply early in the Fall semester of the 4th year. The application can be found here.
The deadline for final submission of the DMP is April 15th of the 4th year.
Three copies are to be submitted (one to advisor, one to 2nd reader, one to DMP director). In consultation with the advisor, the copies can be delivered in either in print or electronic formats.
For topics and abstracts of previous DMP projects, please see the following page.
For Information and Applications, please contact:
Dylan K. Rogers
McIntire Department of Art
Director, DMP Program in Archaeology
304 Fayerweather Hall
2019-2020 Distinguished Majors:
Brittany Morris: “Architecture, Art, and Power in Mystras.”
Advisor: Fotini Kondyli/Second Reader: Lucie Stylianopoulos
This thesis is concerned with how elite power was articulated and negotiated in and through the monuments of Mystras (Greece). It explores how the architectural ensemble emerged from the various entanglements of power in Mystras as members of its political and ecclesiastical establishments intrigued and jockeyed for influence and domination. The research methodology combines art historical, architectural, and historical evidence to examine the construction of “a geography of power”.
Abigail Staub: “Cult and Industry: An Analysis of Religious Shrines in the Commercial Spaces of Pompeii.”
Advisor: Dylan K. Rogers/Second Reader: Tyler Jo Smith
This these considers the relationship between iconography and space through an examination of religious shrines in commercial spaces at Pompeii. Based both on fieldwork and published research, the study takes into account the locations of shrines within these spaces as well as their dimensions, questioning what can be learned from the figures chosen for the display. Both a complete database and a GIS map of the relevant data were compiled as the foundation for creative analysis.