Fields of Study

The Graduate program in History offers students the chance to combine studies in the fields of:

with thematic fields in social history and the history of science and technology. Seminars at the 5000 level cover a broad variety of topics including aspects of cultural history; the history of women, gender and sexualities; of politics, the law and the state; and slavery, migrations and ethnicity. Comparative studies are encouraged at all levels. Conference courses at the 6000 level aim primarily to prepare doctoral students for their comprehensive qualifying exams. The goal of our doctoral qualifying exams is to provide students with the skills that will allow them to have a broad enough knowledge of their fields to teach courses at the undergraduate survey level or use that knowledge in other related work settings. We believe that our insistence on having solid teaching background has helped our PhD graduates find jobs.

Faculty in the Graduate program in History are productive scholars, engaged in ongoing research projects and publications, descriptions of which follow. Graduate students in History are encouraged to participate fully in the lively academic culture of the department that builds on seminars, the ongoing research of faculty members, and student intitiated events including guest speakers, an annual graduate student run conference and social activities.

Faculty are available to supervise major research papers and doctoral dissertation in a variety of periods, national histories and thematic areas.