Dept. of History
310 Thach Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5207
U.S. History, Europe since 1500, and History of Technology
The Department of History at Auburn University offers courses of study leading to MA and PhD degrees in five major areas: American History to 1865; American History since 1865; Europe 1500 to 1789; Europe since 1789; and the History of Technology. Doctoral students are also able to complete minor field concentrations in Archival Studies and Public History, with the Department offering MA degrees as well as graduate certificate programs in both those areas. Auburn offers a friendly, informal, yet stimulating environment for graduate studies, where faculty members go out of their way to encourage and assist students in their work.
The Auburn history faculty has gained national recognition for its commitment to research and publication in such fields as French studies, the history of technology, the history of the American South, religious studies, the Civil War, aerospace history, British history, Southeastern Indian history, and recent American history.
Special Programs or Resources
The Department offers graduate training in the fields of Archival Studies and Public History and is a member of the Archival Education Collaborative comprised of four campuses in four different states. In addition to a rich Special Collections Department at the University, Auburn is located close to major archival collections in Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia.
A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available each year to incoming doctoral students, with five-year funding packages available to direct track PhD students and four-year funding packages available to students entering with an MA degree in hand. PhD students almost always have the opportunity to teach at least one course, typically a survey-level World History, U.S. History, or European History offering), before they graduate.
65 credit hours (55 hours of coursework, 10 hours of research) required for the PhD. Upon the successful conclusion of coursework students take examinations in their major field (supervised by two professors) and in two minor fields. Successful performance on written exams is followed by an oral examination.
Information from Department of Education
(Includes information on the size, location, and general characteristics of faculty and student body)
Information from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
(Includes rating of the institution's rating of the graduate instructional program and size and setting)
Full-time Faculty: 30
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 52
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 7
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 55%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 72
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1974
History PhDs conferred to Date: 136
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 5
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012