Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in History is the terminal degree in the discipline. It prepares students to become professional scholars, college and university teachers and independent researchers in private or public research institutions.

The program begins with several years of course work, primarily reading colloquia and writing seminars where students sharpen their skills in critical reading/thinking, discussion, primary source analysis, and analytical writing.  

Three Fields of Concentration

Students select three fields in which to concentrate their studies, including a transnational field focused on a particular thematic area and encompassing two distinct time periods or parts of the world.  


After completing their comprehensive exams in those three fields, students then devote their attentions to the dissertation, a significant piece of original scholarship with the potential for publication.  The Ph.D. is awarded only after completion of the written dissertation and its successful oral defense.