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. Informally, students can also combine graduate study in History with the certificate or degree programs of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.
We provide one of the state’s premier History Ph. D programs. Since many of our students research local history, our program also contributes to growth of historical knowledge about Ohio. Our partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society further promotes local history. Some of our graduates have also gone into High School education, providing the region with highly trained history teachers.
The Department of History seeks to place many of our graduates in traditional academic jobs, but also regards placement in public history positions, such as archival management or museum curatorship, as appropriate placements for History Ph.D.s. Our program in Social History and Social Policy can prepare students for careers applying historical methods and knowledge to public policy issues.
A student who is enrolled full time in the Master’s degree program should plan to complete all work for the Master of Arts in History degree within three semesters. The M.A. requires 30 hours of coursework; the student should plan to take those courses over three consecutive semesters, usually Fall and Spring of the first year and Fall of the second year. Nine of the 30 required credit hours are in HSTY 651, supervised work on the M.A. thesis. Ideally, each student will begin that work in the spring semester of the first year, do additional research and writing on the M.A. thesis during the summer, and complete the writing and defense of the M.A. thesis in the fall of the second year.
The History Ph.D. program was externally reviewed in Spring 2014, as per the requirements of the Ohio Board of Regents. The next review will take place in Fall 2019.