The Ph.D. program requires mastery of history in certain fields demonstrated by completing at least 30 credit hours of coursework beyond the MA (not including thesis or dissertation hours), satisfying a language requirement, passing testable and non-testable minor fields, presenting a portfolio, as well as writing and defending orally a dissertation that represents an original contribution to historical knowledge.
The requirements for the Ph.D. include:
- 30 hours of coursework beyond the MA
- Courses include HIST 50963 (Historiography), if not previously taken, and HIST 80083 (History as a Profession). Students who have taken similar courses at other institutions may petition the graduate committee for a waiver and will need to take other courses in lieu of these hours.
- At least two courses must be research seminars, one of which must be completed in the first year of the Ph.D. study
- Demonstrated competence in a language other than English
- A completed portfolio
- The dissertation