Doctor of Philosophy in History

Students who enroll in a Ph.D. program in history usually concentrate in a highly specific aspect of the field, such as a particularly important historical figure or time period. Educational prerequisites vary from school to school, but entrance into a history Ph.D. program nearly always requires an undergraduate degree; completion of a master’s degree program is encouraged. Doctoral programs in history allow students a great deal of freedom. Ph.D degree  in history takes around eight years to complete.

Program Coursework

History Ph.D coursework vary from program to program, but the most commonly available courses include:

  • American history seminar
  • Transnational history
  • Ancient history
  • Early modern Europe
  • Modern Europe
  • Medieval history
  • Industrial history
  • History of technology

Learning outcomes

Student of Ph.D. program in history should have the ability to:

  • Understanding of intellectual, political, economic, social, and cultural history
  • Understanding of the constructions of race, color, gender, or ethnicity in history.
  • Able to demonstrate thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating historical information from multiple sources.
  • Develop the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction while understanding that there is no one historical truth
  • Produce well researched written work that engages with both primary sources and the secondary literature.
  • Develop an ability to convey verbally their historical knowledge.

 Career Options

Popular careers include for students of  Ph.D. program in history are:

  • Archivist
  • Historian
  • Librarian of historical works
  • Nonfiction historical writer
  • Information specialist
  • Researcher