Our approach to centers on metropolitan British history, but always in a way that puts Britain in its imperial and global contexts. The first two years of the graduate program are devoted primarily to the study of British history since 1460 with the emphasis on either the 16th and 17th centuries or the modern period, depending on a graduate student’s Major interests. During the first two years a student should plan to take graduate colloquia in the field (at least one each in early modern and modern Britain) and produce one seminar paper each year (either in a seminar or as part of a directed reading). Ideally, these papers should be used to help define a research project. Depending on the students’ needs and interests, coursework may extend into the third year