Dec 17, 2018  
Graduate Record 2015-2016 
Graduate Record 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED RECORD]


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Nau Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400180
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4180
(434) 924-7147 Fax: (434) 924-7891

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

In this program the Master of Arts degree is ordinarily an incidental degree that can be granted on the way to full Ph.D. candidacy. It can also be awarded under other circumstances. To be granted an M.A. degree in History the student must have completed at least twelve  courses totaling 36  graded credits and a Master’s Essay approved by the advisor. The Master’s Essay will be a paper of the kind and quality that could be submitted as an article to a refereed journal for possible publication. Students can apply to receive the M.A. degree once these requirements are complete.

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History are required to pass at least 12 semester courses totaling 36 graded credits. Students must take a set of written exams covering three fields of study as approved by the advisor and a two-hour oral examination.

Students must demonstrate foreign language mastery or proficiency as specified in the descriptions of their academic programs within the department.

The Graduate Studies Committee will review all first- and second-year students before the conclusion of the spring semester and authorize their continuation in the program. 

Students are expected to complete pre-dissertation requirements, including coursework, language examinations, general examinations and the dissertation prospectus, prior to the beginning of the third year of study.  Students may petition for a one-term extension to fulfill these requirements with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School.  Students in the fields of Ancient Europe and Medieval Europe are eligible for a two-term extension to complete all pre-dissertation requirements.

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

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. 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

Latin American History

General History

United States History

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