Our Ph.D. program prepares students to teach and conduct research in American history and to understand it within an expanded global perspective. We achieve this by requiring students to integrate their major field of study, American history, with World history. This broader intercontinental perspective enables students in our program to explore themes such as the interaction of political, economic and cultural systems, questions of race and ethnicity, and the transnational dimensions of national experience. We encourage this global perspective by providing a selection of courses that are cross-national, comparative, and integrative in content and format.
The Ph.D. program, since it is designed to be small and selective, admits only a few highly qualified students each year. In a setting of relatively small classes, individualized research projects, and frequent contact with faculty, students are trained in the arts of scholarly research and writing. No less important in our program is the emphasis placed on the fostering of teaching skills. Through a required teaching seminar, hands-on teaching experience, and careful mentoring, we prepare students for teaching in a college and university environment.
Doctoral students are normally awarded teaching assistantships. They will also have an opportunity, after initial training as assistants, to design and teach independent courses connected with their research interests. Finally, faculty will assist students in their search for university and external fellowships that will support the later stages of their dissertation research and writing.