Major and Minor Areas of Interest
Students select a major or minor area of interest from among nine fields of concentration:
- United States
- Latin America
- Middle East
- Science and Medicine
- South Asia
The doctoral program further offers three minor areas of concentration:
- World History
- Cross-Cultural Women's and gender History (CCWgH)
- Environmental History
In addition, students may elect a non-history minor field of study, in consultation with the major adviser.
Students are required to take the equivalent of 44 units of coursework.
Major field coursework: 16 units
Minor field coursework: 8 units
Third field coursework: 4 units
HIS 204: Historiography: 4 units
HIS 203A: Research Seminar: 4 units
HIS 203B: Research Seminar: 4 units
HIS 203C: Research Seminar: 4 units
The minor field coursework may be waived if a student completes a designated emphasis.
Students are required to pass at least one foreign language examination. Depending on your major field, you may be required to demonstrate competency in more than one language. During this two-hour exam, students are asked to translate a primary or secondary source document with the assistance of a print dictionary.
After completing two graduate seminar courses and under the direction of a faculty member, students develop a syllabus for a course outside of their major field of interest. Students then complete a 15–20 page, historiographical and analytical essay justifying the choices of readings and interpretation embedded in the syllabus.
This certification is intended to prepare students to have an alternate course they are prepared to teach for when they go on the job market.
Students who are completing a designated emphasis (see below) do not need to complete a minor field certification.
The CCWgH minor requires students to complete two graduate seminars, one of which must be HIS 201Q. The other graded reading seminar should be outside of the major field, so that students examine a particular topic in a cross-cultural perspective. Students also complete the essay and syllabus as described above in the Minor Field Certification section.
A designated emphasis a more formalized minor that is listed on your diploma. As part of the DE, students are required to answer an additional question on the qualifying examination. The Department of History is affiliated with the following DEs:
Students become eligible to take the qualifying examination after completing the above requirements. This examination consists of both a written and oral portion. During the written portion, students answer three essay questions over the course of four hours. The oral portion is a one-hour continuance of the written portion, in which committee members may ask for elaboration regarding the written answers or may ask follow up questions regarding the subject area.
The content and scope of the qualifying examination varies by field.
This usually is the last requirement to be completed before a student advances to candidacy. In consultation with the major professor and committee members, students prepare a lengthy essay defining the dissertation problem and method, identify major sources, and situate the project in the relevant historiography. Over the course of an hour, committee members examine the student on all aspects of the proposal. The members of this committee should mirror the members of the dissertation committee.