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Our interdisciplinary graduate program unites emerging historians worldwide to investigate, interrogate, and interpret the past.

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What sets our program apart?

Minnesota’s renowned faculty foster the growth of insightful, thoughtful, and engaged individuals that share an abiding passion for discovery and understanding the past.

Through faculty-led seminars, historical and interdisciplinary workshops, and informal graduate-led discussion and dissertation groups, graduate students join a vibrant, intellectual culture at the University. Admitted students not only work with a faculty advisor, but they are also provided with an initial mentoring team of three to four History faculty who work in areas that overlap the students’ thematic, temporal, and geographical interests.

What are our graduates doing?

Our PhD students come from a variety of backgrounds and are studying a breadth of fields. Once they've completed our program, many of our PhDs find employment in higher education as well as in publishing, museums, or with non-profits. No matter the destination, our graduate program offers a transformative intellectual and personal experience.

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