Northern Arizona University
Dept. of History
P.O. Box 6023
Building 18/Room 219
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6023
American West/Southwest/Borderlands; Global, India/China; Colonialism/Nationalism; Gender, Race, Power, Ideology; Environmental; Theory, and U.S.
The doctoral program has particular strengths in the history of the United States West and Southwest. Although other universities have programs that specialize in Western history, ours is unique in providing strong coverage of the "Greater West" that includes the Southwest and the US-Mexico borderlands and in emphasizing the cultural, ethnic (especially Mexican Americans and indigenous peoples), gender, and environmental history of the region. These emphases depart from the traditional triumphalist content of "western" history. Our emphasis on multidisciplinarity includes encouraging students to take courses in thematic areas (power, culture, and ideology; race, class, and gender; environmental; colonialism and nationalism) and to do coursework across disciplines, for example, in anthropology, environmental sciences, or women’s studies. We also train students in other areas of US history, as well as other regions: Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and the Middle East.
Special Programs or Resources
Teaching assistantships for doctoral students to teach independent courses; archival collections in Arizona, southwestern, and border topics.
Teaching assistantships; library internships; some scholarships for research and writing in Southwest/Western history.
54 credit hours beyond the MA degree; final written and oral comprehensive exams over coursework; PhD oral defense.
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: 18
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Small [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 8
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 0
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 38%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 33
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1980
History PhDs conferred to Date: 55
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 1
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012