The Department of History offers only a PhD. We do not admit students to a terminal master's degree; however, students in the PhD program may earn a master’s degree on the way to their doctorate.
PhD Degree Requirements
For your PhD, you will be expected to meet the following requirements:
- 30 credits in 10 history classes, including the introductory Scope and Methods of Historical Studies, and two courses in a chosen comparative area
- 12 credits from outside the history department related to your course of study
- 24 thesis credits
- Reading knowledge of two foreign languages before oral examination (this requirement may vary depending on your field of study and may include competence in quantitative methods)
- Completion of preliminary written and oral exams
- Completion of the dissertation
- Final oral dissertation defense
Note: If you enter the PhD program with a master’s, you will be expected to complete your coursework and preliminary exams by the end of your second year or the first term of the third year.
Students interested in completing a master’s degree along the way may do so. All students who choose to pursue a master’s must complete 30-31 credits of coursework, have a reading knowledge in one foreign language, and can choose to write a thesis or expand upon three seminar papers.
Graduate Minor in History
Students pursuing graduate degrees in other departments may minor in history if they wish to do so. To earn a master’s minor, students will be asked to take two history courses and craft a thesis with a historical dimension. Students wishing to earn a PhD minor will be asked to take five history courses, including Scope and Methods of Historical Studies. Minor students must also take a written and oral examination, which can be incorporated into their home department, as long as a historian sits on the examining committee.
Non-Degree Graduate Credits
Non-degree seeking students can join graduate seminars as well, more information can be found here.