History

Degree Types: PhD

The PhD Program in History prepares students for careers as teachers and scholars. It is designed to help students achieve a comprehensive grasp of historical fields and processes, develop critical skills in respect to sources, texts, genres, theory, and methods of inquiry, and carry out original research that makes a significant contribution to historical study.

The program is distinguished by its relatively compact size, admitting about 15 students each year. This highly selective program allows close faculty-student interaction and permits exacting criticism of sources, research procedures, and writing skills.

Each student's course of study revolves around a chosen general field, minor field, and specialization field. The program encourages students to acquire a frame of reference for their research based on grounding in geographical and cross-disciplinary fields outside their specializations.

Students in this program are encouraged to participate in TGS’s Interdisciplinary Initiative program. For more information on how you can have a second intellectual “home” outside of your department or program please visit the Interdisciplinary Initiative page.

See History Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.

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