Attainment of the Ph.D. requires mastery of selected historical fields and a demonstrated ability to conduct original research. The department expects all of its Ph.D. students to locate and classify historical evidence from historical sources, to interpret the evidence, and to present its synthesis in written and oral forms. Ph.D. students must be able to use research tools such as foreign languages and, in some cases, statistics. The doctoral dissertation is the culmination of the historian's training and constitutes an enlargement of our knowledge and understanding of history. Fulfillment of all requirements for the Ph.D. usually involves at least four years of full-time study. Students must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. within seven years.


For a fuller description of the doctoral program, please consult the Graduate Handbook.

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