The Department of History offers broad training in history, in combination with depth in a research specialty. The Doctor of Philosophy is the degree objective for students, and the Master's degree an interim stage towards that goal. The program is designed to provide students with research training leading to the doctoral degree, pedagogical training and instructional opportunities in preparation for teaching at a range of post-secondary institutions, and a broader array of skills and professional development training to provide students with the versatility required to use their historical training in non-academic as well as academic settings. Students specializing in public historical studies receive training that prepares them for careers in the community at large, working in a variety of historical institutions (museums, preservation firms, oral history projects) or as private consultants. Graduates of our program are also prepared to teach public history at the college and university level, and often pursue careers combining opportunities in both academic and non-academic areas.
The Department offers doctoral study in seventeen general fields, from which students typically choose three areas of training (supplemented by a fourth field in an outside discipline):
- Ancient History
- Cold War Studies and International History*
- Comparative Gender and Sexualities History
- Comparative Race and Ethnicity
- Early Modern Europe
- East Asia
- History of Public Policy
- History of Science
- Latin America
- Medieval Studies
- Middle East
- Modern Europe
- Public History
- South Asia
- United States
- World History
*Cold War Studies and International History are offered only as third fields, and not as possible first or second fields.
Doctoral students may add an interdisciplinary emphasis in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Black Studies, Environment and Society, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, Medieval Studies, and Technology and Society. In addition to formal coursework, students are introduced to professional scholarship, resources, and activities through venues such as the Department's Center for Cold War and International Studies, , the Comparative Gender and Sexualities Colloquium, the Institute for the Study of Race, Religion, and Revolution, the History of Science Colloquium, the Medieval Studies Program, and the Public History Colloquium. In addition, students may participate in activities facilitated by the Africa Center, the Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy, the Center for Middle East Studies, the East Asian Center, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, and the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.