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MA and PhD Programs

The Department of History offers a full range of courses and programs in the fields of European and American history and also has strength in Ottoman and Middle Eastern history as well as in East Asian history. It offers exceptionally strong training in the fields of women's and gender history and in the history of science, technology, and medicine. While concentrating on the history of one nation or geographic area, students are encouraged to develop a comparative or global perspective in their work.

The department cooperates closely with a wide variety of interdisciplinary programs and departments to offer students additional instruction in comparative and world history perspectives. These include the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations; the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender; the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; the Asian and Asian American Studies Department; the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program; the Judaic Studies Department; the Africana Studies Department; the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program, and the Women's Studies Program.

Requirements

Admission

Applicants for admission to graduate work in history are required to submit their college transcripts and scores in the Graduate Record Examinations, an example of their written work (e.g., a paper submitted in an advanced undergraduate or graduate course) and a statement of their research interests and career goals.

Adviser and Guidance Committee

Students are advised by a faculty member in their fields of concentration during their first semester in the graduate program. Before the beginning of the second semester, the student selects an appropriate member of the faculty as principal adviser (sponsor) and chair of a guidance committee. The student, in consultation with the principal adviser, solicits two additional faculty members to serve on the guidance committee. The chairperson of the guidance committee, with the assistance of colleagues and the director of graduate studies, aids students in their choices of courses, advises them on the fulfillment of other academic requirements and in general guides them through the graduate program. Normally, the guidance committee forms the core of the student's comprehensive examination committee. In most cases, too, a student's guidance committee serves as a three-person dissertation committee.

Normally, full-time matriculated students take three courses per semester. A student's coursework should be closely correlated with the proposed major and minor fields and should include a balance between general colloquia and specialized research seminars. Students are encouraged to work with a number of different professors to broaden their exposure to different historical styles, methods and theories. In addition to the work completed for their courses, students are expected to pursue a coherent program of readings in preparation for their comprehensive examinations. Independent readings courses may be arranged with individual instructors to cover special topics, but must not be used to satisfy more than one-third of a student's degree requirements. At the Master's level, only one independent study of between one and four credits may be taken under the S/U grading option and still count toward the master's degree. At the doctoral level, only four (additional) credits of independent study taken under the S/U grading option will count towards the minimal number of course credits required for the degree. All graduate seminars counted toward the history degree must be taken for a letter grade.

No faculty member is required to accept a particular student as an advisee. By the same token, a student may, for reasonable cause, petition the director of graduate studies for a change of principal adviser or guidance committee.

General requirements

Normally, full-time matriculated students take three courses per semester, closely correlated with the proposed major and minor fields, which include a balance between general colloquia and specialized research seminars. Students are encouraged to work with a number of different professors to broaden their exposure to different historical styles, methods and theories.

Students are also expected to pursue a coherent program of readings in preparation for their comprehensive examinations. Independent readings courses may be arranged with individual instructors to cover special topics, but must not be used to satisfy more than one-third of a student's degree requirements. At the master's level, only one independent study of between one and four credits may be taken under the S/U grading option and still count toward the master's degree. At the doctoral level, only four (additional) credits of independent study taken under the S/U grading option will count toward the minimal number of course credits required for the degree. All graduate seminars counted toward the history degree must be taken for a letter grade.

Master of Arts Program

The master of arts in history is granted on completion of the following requirements:

Doctor of Philosophy Program

Admission
Admission to the PhD program is determined by the department when the student has completed work for the MA degree or its equivalent. All students who enter the program with an MA degree in history from another institution have their work reviewed by the department at the end of their first semester to confirm their admission to the doctoral program.

Admission to Candidacy
At least two semesters must elapse between admission to candidacy and the granting of the degree. Requirements are:

      *Students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement of HIST 592, Historiography, early in their doctoral program.

Granting of the Degree

The PhD in history is granted, after admission to candidacy, on successful completion of the following requirements:

Waiver of regulations and requirements

The department reserves the right to alter these regulations and requirements without notice, pending the publication of the next scheduled issue of this publication.

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Last Updated: 7/23/14