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Doctor of Philosophy in History



In addition to fulfillment of the general requirements of the Graduate College, admission to doctoral study in history is based upon the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee to the Head of the department.

A Master of Arts degree is required for admission into the Ph.D. program. Preference will be given to applicants who hold an M.A. in history and have completed a thesis. The Graduate Studies Committee will consider other applications on an individual basis. Students with insufficient hours in history may be required by the Graduate Studies Committee to take additional hours at the 5000/6000 level. Students should already have made progress toward proficiency in a foreign language before seeking admission. The Graduate Studies Committee will give preference to applicants with an overall grade point average of 3.5 or above in their M.A. program. For more information about application requirements:


How to Apply


Fields of Study

The Ph.D. program requires at least sixty hours beyond the M.A. degree. Students must, in consultation with their Advisory Committee, select three fields of study – a general field (at least twelve hours), a major field (at least nine hours), and a minor field (at least six hours), from the options shown below. Geographical diversity among the fields is strongly encouraged. To be admitted to candidacy, students must pass comprehensive examinations, demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language, have an approved dissertation proposal, and submit a Plan of Study to the Graduate College before writing a dissertation. All Ph.D. students must take Historiography (HIST 6023), Teaching History at the College Level (HIST 5021), and at least 36 coursework hours, not counting Historiography, Teaching History at the College Level, or Historical Methods, if the latter is required. Students must take at least eighteen hours of seminar, including at least three hours of research seminar. Students without an M.A. thesis must take Historical Methods (HIST 5023). With the consent of their Advisory Committee, students may apply graduate course work taken outside the History Department to their major field.

General Fields:

United States
Europe to 1789
Europe since 1789

Major Fields (including but not limited to):

United States West
Native North America
Medicine, Environment, and Food
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
War and Society
Race and Ethnicity

Minor Fields:

North America
Ancient World
Middle East
Latin America
Public History


For complete information on comprehensive exams, assistantships, and other program requirements, please see our Graduate Student Handbook.
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