Department of History

Doctoral Degree

We are dedicated to training first-rate historians for careers in and out of the classroom.

Graduate students have access to all the benefits of one of the largest history departments and one of the largest research libraries in the country. With more than fifty faculty members, the Department of History provides a rich range of choices for graduate study. Yet the graduate program is not impersonal: the faculty take pride in providing small classes and supportive advising for students.

A doctoral degree in history provides opportunities for employment in academic research and college teaching. Some graduates also take positions working in public history, for museums, historical organizations, and government agencies.

Successful applicants who do not hold a master’s degree (in history or a closely related discipline) from another institution will be admitted at the MA level and must complete the requirements for the MA degree (see “Master of Arts Degree Requirements” below). Students who successfully complete the MA degree and field review automatically proceed to the Ph.D. program. Applicants who intend to pursue a doctoral degree should apply to Ph.D. program regardless of whether they hold an MA degree.