Ph.D. Course Requirements

South Africa. Photo Contributed by David Anthony

All Ph.D. Students

  • HIS 200, Methods and Theories of History (Year 1, fall quarter)
  • HIS 201, Directed Research Colloquium (Year 2, winter quarter)
  • HIS 202, Practicing World History (Year 1)
  • One of the following research seminars during your first four quarters:
    • HIS 204A, History of Gender
    • HIS 204C, Colonialism, Nationalism, and Race
    • HIS 204E, Transnationalism, Borderlands, and History
  • HIS 280A-B, Graduate Proseminar (Fall, Year 1)
  • HIS 280C, Graduate Proseminar (Fall, Year 2)
  • Second teaching field: Two courses in either American, European, East Asian or World History.
  • Outside courses: Two graduate courses outside the History Department.
  • Two-unit courses: All graduate students are required to take HIS 280 A-B-C, History Graduate Proseminar. Beyond this, all other students who are not advanced to candidacy may select any of the two-unit courses offered by the department. All courses may be repeated for credit.

East Asia [show]

  1. HIS 230A, Readings in Late Imperial China
  2. HIS 230B, Engendering China
  3. HIS 230C, Readings in 20th Century China
  4. HIS 242, Readings in Modern Japan
  5. HIS 243, Transnational Japan
  6. HIS 244, Gender in Japanese History
  7. Area of Concentration Elective
  8. Area of Concentration Elective

Europe [show]

  1. HIS 251A, Readings in Modern European History: Environment and Technology
  2. HIS 251B, Readings in Modern European History: Empire
  3. Area of Concentration Elective
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  6. Area of Concentration Elective
  7. Area of Concentration Elective

The U.S. [show]

  1. HIS 210A, Readings in U.S. History
  2. HIS 210B, Readings in U.S. History
  3. Area of Concentration Elective
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  5. Area of Concentration Elective
  6. Area of Concentration Elective
  7. Area of Concentration Elective

Foreign Language Requirement

Students with a primary teaching field in U.S. history are expected to demonstrate a reading competency in at least one foreign language prior to taking the qualifying examination. Students in all other teaching fields must demonstrate a reading competency in at least two foreign languages prior to taking the qualifying examination; competency in one of the languages must be demonstrated by the end of the sixth quarter of enrollment. Usually, competency will be demonstrated by passing a reading exam administered by a member of the History faculty. Students who believe that they have already demonstrated competency through previous course work or through their performance on a standardized test should petition the graduate director.