University of California, Santa Cruz
Dept. of History
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
East Asia since 1600, Europe since 1500, United States, and World since 1500
The Ph.D. program in history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, emphasizes an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to historical studies, encouraging innovative thinking about global historical processes. We offer a rigorous program of instruction and independent work that trains students in the techniques of original historical research and equips them to teach history at the college and university levels and work in public history contexts. We admit highly motivated students qualified to pursue advanced studies in history whose interests match the specific strengths of our faculty. We offer students intensive, one-on-one advising that allows them to craft a specialized program drawing on resources throughout the campus.
Special Programs or Resources
In addition to cluster activities, faculty and graduate students participate in interdisciplinary forums outside the department. These include programs sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Research Center, the Center for Cultural Studies, and the UCSC Institute for Humanities Research. Advanced graduate students may also have the opportunity to work in programs sponsored by the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine. Finally, multi-campus groups in which students and faculty are involved include the Bay Area Seminar in Early American Studies and the French Studies Group at Stanford.
The History Department counts support of Ph.D. students who are in good standing as a high priority. Students normally are supported through teaching assistantships. Students who are advanced to candidacy are eligible to teach summer session courses and/or a one-quarter teaching fellowship (pending funding). Some fellowships are available to first-year and advanced students through university-wide competition. Additionally, the department offers a limited number of small fellowships for research and travel.
Until you pass the qualifying examination and are formally advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, you are expected to complete a minimum of 12 units each quarter (i.e., two five-unit upper-division or graduate level courses, one two-unit course) to maintain normal academic progress. Completion of a minimum of 12 five-unit courses (in addition to the HIS 290 series) is required for advancement to candidacy. Courses taken are graduate seminars, most upper-division undergraduate courses, and independent study courses. During your career, you may enroll in courses at other UC campuses through the Intercampus Exchange Program.
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: 25
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 36
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 3
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 32
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1986
History PhDs conferred to Date: 42
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 3
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012