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Graduate Record 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

History


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Degree Requirements


Master of Arts


Candidates for the degree of Master of Arts in History are required to complete 30 hours of course work, including 6 hours of non-topical research, culminating in a master’s essay. These requirements must be conpleted within two years.

Doctor of Philosophy


Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History are required to pass at least 12 graded semester courses (54 credits including 18 hours of nontopical research and 9 hours of non-graded course work), specific seminar and colloquium requirements, a set of written exams, and a two hour general oral examination covering one major field, a special field within the major field, and a special field outside the major field. This examination must be taken after the seminar and colloquium requirements has been met, after the written exams have been passed, and after at least one mastery-level foreign language examination has been passed.

All candidates must demonstrate a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. Reading knowledge of a second foreign language is regularly required in most non-American fields, and a third or even fourth language may be necessary in certain fields.

After submission of the dissertation, a final oral examination is given in which the candidate must defend the dissertation.

All fields of study are chosen in consultation with the major professor. At least 24 graded credits must be in history, with 18 of these in topical history research seminars and colloquia, or their approved equivalents.

Program in Legal History


The history department, in cooperation with the School of Law, enables students to develop special competency in American legal history and in English legal history. For the M.A. degree students must offer at least one field in legal history in the M.A. oral examination. For the Ph.D. two special fields in legal history are required. A joint committee of the faculty in history and in law administers the program. Admission to the program is through the usual procedures of admission to the Department of History.

Course Descriptions


Graduate Courses in the history department fall into four groups, each demarcated by a different first digit. Courses in the 7000 range are graduate-level colloquia; that is, they are built around reading and group discussion on a weekly basis and writing assignments focused on the reading of secondary works. Colloquia are also offered at the 5000-level colloquia for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students; they carry full graduate credit. Courses carrying a 7000 number and above are for graduate students only. Courses in the 8000 range are seminars; that is, they assume some familiarity with the field and involve the writing of a substantial work of primary research on a specific topic. Courses in the 9000 range are independent study, designed to permit students to explore fields in which courses are not offered, prepare for comprehensive examinations, or work on their theses or dissertations. Students should discuss enrollment in any of these courses with the instructor beforehand, since specific skills and prior course work are often necessary.

European History


General History


United States History


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