Graduate Program

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Welcome to the Graduate Program, Department of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Department of History at UC Santa Cruz is a community of scholars pursuing historical research in a wide variety of geographical and thematic areas. Students in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs receive training and mentorship in historical research, theory, and teaching, and make significant contributions to this community.

The graduate program in history at UCSC has a global and transnational orientation, and emphasizes an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to historical studies, encouraging innovative thinking about global historical processes. We search for highly motivated students qualified to pursue advanced studies in history whose interests match the strengths of our faculty. We train students to think, talk, and teach across time and geographical boundaries.

The Department of History, and the Santa Cruz Campus generally, is known for its strengths in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; Critical Race Studies; Colonialism, Nationalism, Internationalism, and Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies; and Class and Transnational Labor Studies. All students in the history graduate program receive training in trans-regional approaches to researching and teaching the past. Many students are drawn to the program’s curriculum in World History, participate in the events and activities of the Center for World History, and produce original scholarship that is comparative or transnational in scope, centers cross-connections, or situates national or regional histories within a global framework.

The scholarly community of the History Department at UC Santa Cruz values a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences. Such diversity strengthens research, scholarship, teaching, and the intellectual culture of the department and campus. As a part of the commitment of the University of California and the Department of History to diversity, graduate students can find numerous resources, events, and dedicated staff and faculty mentors to help them achieve their educational and professional goals.

We invite you to explore our web site for information about the masters and doctoral programs. As you learn more of what the department and the campus can offer, we urge you to contact faculty members whose specialties match your interests and discover the possibilities of graduate work at UCSC.

Continuing Recruitment: The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz is recruiting the second in a series of PhD students to begin in the fall of 2022 to pursue research on the history of science, the history of medicine, and/or environmental history in the Global South. Applicants may specialize in the study of the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, or indigenous communities across the globe. Applicants' research interests do not need to be limited to one of the fields of concentration listed on the PhD program webpage. UCSC is known for its reputation as a center for the study of science (e.g. feminist science studies, multispecies studies, the study of race and genomics). The successful applicant will become part of an interdisciplinary community of scholars whose work is focused on questions of science, medicine, and the environment. In pursuing a research agenda situated in the Global South, they will have the opportunity to join researchers across the university and to participate in various transdisciplinary forums that include the Science and Justice Research group, the Center for Cultural Studies, the program in Global Community Health, the Center for Southeast Asian Coastal Interactions, and events sponsored by the Departments of Politics, Sociology, History of Consciousness, Feminist Studies, Anthropology, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. In addition to university support, the successful applicant will receive funding for language training and research from a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation on the theme of “The History of Science at the Interface of Biomedical and Environmental Concerns,” whose Principal Investigator is Jennifer L. Derr (History). Please contact Jennifer L. Derr ( or the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of History, Cindy Morris (, with questions regarding applying or the graduate program.

** We regret to inform you that we will not be admitting students into our MA program for the 2022-23 Academic Year **

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