University of California, Berkeley
Dept. of History
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2550
U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Africa
The Berkeley history graduate program represents a rich spectrum of research interests, collaborations, and approaches spanning the fields of: Africa, America Since 1607, Ancient Greece/Rome, British History, Byzantine, Early Modern Europe, East Asia (China or Japan), History of Science, Jewish History, Late Modern Europe since 1789, Latin America, Medieval Europe, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The depth and breadth of our program and the strengths of our faculty members, students, and other professionals provide an especially stimulating and congenial setting for graduate training.
Special Programs or Resources
Comprising the Department are over 45 full-time faculty members, a number of distinguished emeritus faculty and visiting professors, 220 graduate students, and 10 support staff. The Department is the center of a history community at Berkeley that includes faculty, professionals, and student colleagues from other departments, the Area Studies Centers, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the campus archives, informal study groups, and other resources. Berkeley's library system at www.lib.berkeley.edu/ contains one of the best research collections in the country. The system consists of Doe Library, Moffitt Library, the Gardner Stacks (underground), the Bancroft Library which houses rare books and western Americana, and 20 subject specialty libraries.
The department aims to guarantee five years of fellowship funding to all entering students for the first five years of their program. Funding covers fees and non-resident tuition (as applicable), and a combination of stipend and employment to help defray the cost of living. Students are typically awarded support in the form of teaching assistantships and readerships for three of the five years and stipend for two of the years. Students must be in good standing to continue to receive the funding. . After the fifth year students can apply for additional employment and for competitive dissertation write up grants. U.S. citizens and permanent resident who anticipate receiving funding are asked to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) www.fafsa.ed.gov. Need-based financial aid dispensed by the Office of Financial Aid is available mainly in the form of graduate student loans and also require the student to file a FAFSA.
Please see history.berkeley.edu/graduate/graduate-program for complete details; Coursework minimum of 34 credits. Third semester major field exam; Languages (one to four depending on field); Doctoral qualifying exam; Doctoral dissertation.
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: 52
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 173
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 18
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 212
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1908
History PhDs conferred to Date: 1484
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 22
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012