Graduate study

Director of Graduate Education

Kathleen Hilliard Associate Professor [HIST]

The Department’s restructured Ph.D. program in Rural, Agricultural, Technological, and Environmental history (RATE) has been approved.

The History of Technology and Science graduate program has been discontinued, at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Students interested in pursing the history of technology at the Ph.D. level should look to the RATE program.

One of the primary roles of the Department of History is to train graduate students. To that end, the Department maintains two distinct but closely interconnected graduate programs: a broad and flexible program leading to a Master of Arts in History, and a more focused PhD Program in Rural, Agricultural, Technological, and Environmental History.


Graduate Learning Goals for History

These goals apply equally to students seeking an MA or PhD degree, although expectations for appropriate mastery in various areas will be higher for PhD-seeking students.

1. Demonstrate appropriate command of scholarly literature in particular areas of historical study as well as an understanding of basic methodologies of historical study in general.

2. Develop research projects that expand historical knowledge and understanding in particular areas.

3. Conduct research and interpret results appropriately, integrating them into existing disciplinary knowledge.

4. Communicate research findings effectively in both oral and written form, and through the use of other media when appropriate, to a variety of audiences.

5. Exhibit professionalism and correct ethical practices in scholarship and other professional conduct.

6. Cultivate an awareness of the full range of career options available to historians and the applicability of historical knowledge in diverse contexts.