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.