Sample Program of Study (Ph.D.)

The program of study often varies by field and many factors may extend or reorder the sequence and length of the program of study.

The following program of study assumes that the doctoral student will be assigned a teaching assistantship in the second, third and fourth years of study. Students coming in with an MA in History will be expected to complete the program in five or five and a half years.

Foreign language study is not incorporated into this program.

FIRST YEAR (Departmental Fellowship)

Fall 

Major Field General Seminar (608) or Contemporary Theory (HIST 601)
Major Field Readings Seminar
Minor Field Course
 
Spring 
Major Field General Seminar (608) or Contemporary Theory (HIST 601)
Major Field Readings Seminar
Research Seminar OR Minor Field Course
 
Summer
Exploratory Research
 
SECOND YEAR (TAship)
 
Fall
2 courses out of the following three categories:
Research Seminar 
Major Field Readings Seminar
Minor Field Course
 
 
Spring
2 courses out of the following three categories:
Research Seminar
Major Field Readings Seminar
Minor Field Course
 
Summer
Reading for Comprehensive Examinations
Initial Prospectus Preparation
 
THIRD YEAR (TAship)
 
Fall
HIST 708: Readings for Comprehensives
Prospectus Preparation 
Grant Applications
 
Spring
HIST 709: Readings for Comprehensive Examinations
Comprehensive Examinations
Prospectus Oral Examination 
Advancement to Candidacy
 
Summer
Final Version of Prospectus
Dissertation Research
 
FOURTH YEAR (TAship)
 
Fall
Dissertation Research (HIST 899)
Grant Applications
 
Spring
Dissertation Research (HIST 899)
 
Summer
Dissertation Research
 
FIFTH YEAR (Departmental or External Fellowship)
 
Fall
Dissertation Research
Grant Applications
 
Spring & Summer
Dissertation Writing
 
SIXTH YEAR (Departmental or External Fellowship)
 
Fall
Dissertation Writing
Job applications
 
Spring & Summer
Dissertation Writing
Job applications
Graduation!