The strengths of the graduate program in European history at the University of Maryland, College Park, include a distinguished faculty offering a variety of approaches together with the remarkable resources of the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in many fields of European history:  Ancient Mediterranean history; Medieval and Early Modern Europe; and Modern and Contemporary (post-1945) Europe.  We are especially strong in Ancient Mediterranean history; Medieval and Early Modern Spain and Spanish Empire; Early Modern History; Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary Germany; Modern and Contemporary France; Modern Britain; Spanish and British Colonialism; Modern and Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, especially the Habsburg Monarchy and Poland; Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and Eurasia; Jewish history; the Ottoman Empire; the history of Roman Catholicism; European military history; and women in Britain and France. 

Graduate students in European history have won prestigious fellowships, including the Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Fellowship and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Dissertation Fellowship.  Our graduates go on to academic jobs at such universities as George Washington University, Ohio University, and Framingham State University, and to jobs in government agencies including the National Archives, the State Department, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

For more information about Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, British, Russian and Eurasian, and Jewish history, including the requirements of those fields, see those entries under “Fields of Study.”

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Modern European History

Graduate students in Modern European history do a “general field” in Modern Europe, which typically includes continental Europe, not including Russia.  The “general field” can be modified to suit the specific interests of a given student.  In addition, Ph.D. students in Modern Europe chose a “special field” which can be a particular country (Germany, France, Habsburg Monarchy, for example), a particular century, or a special theme (women and gender, technology, military history, the Catholic Church, for example). 

Language Requirements:

For admission: students must know the language of the country or region in which they are interested.  All Ph.D. students must demonstrate proficiency in the language of the country/region in which they are interested plus another European language.