DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY » Graduate Studies
The curriculum of the graduate program in history at Carnegie Mellon University is based on five thematic areas of faculty strength. These "clusters" include: African, African American and African Diaspora; Culture and Power; Women, Gender and the Family; Labor, Politics and Social Movements; and Technology, Environment, Science, and Health. These areas, which cut across national and temporal boundaries, form a common basis for graduate courses. Each semester, one or more courses from these fives "clusters" is taught by members of the graduate faculty, on a rotating basis.
Although our curriculum is based in part on these cluster courses, students specialize in a national or regional field. In applying to the program, it is important that prospective students seek out and find a possible advisor or advisors from the field(s) in which they wish to specialize. Our current students are pursuing research on topics in United States, Latin American, Soviet, German, Chinese, Irish, and French history.
In addition to strong national/regional training, our program aims to provide students with broad exposure to transnational and comparative issues. Almost all our students serve as teaching assistants in a large Global Histories course.
Our program is small by design, and students receive a great deal of individual attention from faculty. The program strongly emphasizes research, and all students participate in a year-long research seminar.
The department’s Ph.D. program bestows a Master’s degree en route to the Ph.D. It does not offer a separate, terminal Master’s degree or the possibility of online coursework.
Q: What courses are offered to graduate students in history? Please see the pages on Curriculum and Faculty Thematic Strengths
Q: What kind of funding and financial aid is available for graduate study? Please see the pages on Funding and Financial Aid
Q: How long does it take to receive a doctoral degree? Please see the Time Table page
Q: Does the program have language prerequisites or requirements? No, but see the Language Study page for details
Q: What are the admission requirements? Please see the page on Admission Requirements
Q: What are the research specialties of the graduate faculty? Please see the pages on Graduate Faculty and Faculty Thematic Strengths
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