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Department of History

Department of History

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Graduate Programs

The Department of History offers both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in history, emphasizing its two focused Ph.D. programs, in Social History & Policy (SHP) and in the History of Science, Technology, Environment & Medicine (STEM). In practice, these two programs are closely related. In addition to the focused SHP and STEM programs, the department offers a general Ph.D. in history that allows students to specialize in any geographical, temporal, or topical area of history adequately covered by departmental faculty. The department also joins with the Law School to offer an M.A. in history/J.D. double degree program.

The History Graduate Student Handbook is available here.

All applicants for graduate degrees in history must submit the application form (, a letter of intent or statement of objectives, a CV or resume, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, scores on the GRE, three letters of recommendation (preferably from former professors), and a writing sample (e.g., a previously written college essay or research paper). In addition, we ask for a short essay on the following question: What work of history has impressed you the most, and why?

Current Students: Please click below to download the semester Planning and Productivity Forms.
Graduate Student Planning Form (due Sept. 1 or Jan 15)
Graduate Student Productivity Form (due Jan 15 or June 1)