University of Southern California
Dept. of History
3502 Trousdale Pkwy., SOS 153
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0034
Americas/U.S., China, Early Modern Europe, Japan, Korea, Medieval Europe, Middle East, and Modern Europe
USC's doctoral program in history offers comprehensive scholarly training in multiple fields, including medieval and early modern history, the history of China, Japan, and Korea, modern and early modern Europe, the Atlantic world, North America and the United States, and Mexico and Latin America. The department partners or sponsors numerous research initiatives and institutes which assist with, and enhance, the training of doctoral students across fields. These efforts include emphases within visual culture, early modern history, the American West, Japan, and Irish and British Studies. Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty members and faculty officers for further information about programs and course of study.
Special Programs or Resources
The doctoral program in History at USC enjoys close institutional, scholarly, and collegial ties with a number of research facilities in the greater Los Angeles region, including The Huntington Library, the Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and other cultural, educational, and research centers and institutions. Specific institutes include the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (dornsife.usc.edu/emsi); the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (dornsife.usc.edu/icw); the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate (www.usc.edu/schools/college/visualstudies/); and the Institute for British and Irish Studies (dornsife.usc.edu/ibis/).
All admitted doctoral students are offered funding packages for five years of support, which may include teaching or research assistantships. Students may (and are strongly encouraged to) compete for a wide variety of additional fellowships offered through the university or external agencies, foundations, or research institutions.
Graduate degrees are under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School. Refer to the Requirements for Graduation section and the Graduate School section of the University Catalogue for general regulations. All courses applied toward the degrees must be courses accepted by the Graduate School.
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: 34
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: 6
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 57
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1931
History PhDs conferred to Date: 379
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 5
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012