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Ph.D. Program


Admission to the graduate program in history is highly selective. About 10-15 students, admitted from a large pool of applicants, matriculate in the program each year. The small cohort size allows more individual work with faculty than most graduate programs. This helps to make funding in one form or another more available to most students admitted to the Ph.D. program.

Fields of Study

History has the following 14 Major fields for satisfying the Ph.D.:

  • Africa
  • Britain
  • Early Modern Europe
  • East Asia (China/Japan/Korea)
  • Eastern Europe/Russia
  • History of Science, Medicine and Technology
  • Jewish History
  • Latin America
  • Medieval Europe
  • Ottoman Empire and Middle East
  • Modern Europe
  • South Asia (NOT accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year)
  • TIG (Transnational, International, and Global)
  • United States

The department expects most graduate students to spend no less than four and no more than six years completing the work for the Ph.D. degree. Individual students' time to degree will vary with the strength of their undergraduate preparation as well as with the particular language and research requirements of their respective Major fields.