George Washington University
Dept. of History
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
Africa, Asia, Cold War, Early Modern World, Europe, Imperialism and World History, Latin America, Middle East, Military, Urban Studies, and U.S.
George Washington University offers an exciting range of opportunities for the study of history. With more than thirty full-time faculty members, GW's History Department always offers its students a stimulating variety of courses, in topics ranging from ancient Greece to modern Africa. The university's location in the heart of our nation's capital gives students unequaled access to the original documents that lie at the core of historical inquiry and to unparalleled internship opportunities with the federal government, Smithsonian Institution museums, and some of the most prestigious archives in the nation.
Special Programs or Resources
Graduate study at George Washington University provides students with unparalleled access to major archives and libraries a well as opportunities to gain practical experience that is vital in today's competitive job market. Those working in American history make extensive use of the vast array of records at the National Archives. Students of early modern Europe utilize the comprehensive collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. GW itself is home to the National Security Archive, the world's largest non-governmental library of declassified documents, most of which pertain to the political and diplomatic history of the United States since World War II. And GW is just blocks from the Library of Congress, which houses the largest and most diverse history collection of any library in the world. Our graduate students can also easily pursue internship opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History, which provides graduate students with hands-on training at the nation's foremost history museum. Those who seek archival skills often intern at the National Archives, the National Security Archive, or the State Department Historian's Office. GW also offers its own archival opportunities in history, as the university is home to three major documentary projects that encourage student involvement. In addition to the National Security Archive, GW also operates the First Federal Congress Project, which is publishing a multi-volume collection of documents relating to the creation of the federal government of the United States. The third major historical documents project at GW is the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, whose publications focus on Roosevelt's political and human rights work. Dozens of GW students, including many whose fields of interest are not closely related to these projects, have gained invaluable archival experience while pursuing a graduate degree in history at GW. Finally, GW is home to The Documentary Center, a hands-on program in documentary filmmaking with an emphasis on historical subjects. Many GW graduate students have found the Documentary Center's curriculum a valuable addition to their more traditional history coursework.
We currently have 23 Ph.D. students on full fellowship. Most of them work as teaching assistants, but some serve as research assistants. With entering class of 2006, we began a policy of only admitting doctoral students we can fully fund for five years, and we plan to continue that policy for the foreseeable future. This policy means that we can only accept Ph.D. students willing to work on their degrees full time. We will have about five of these fellowships to offer to incoming students each year.
Doctoral students must complete a minimum 48 credit hours of coursework (16 courses). Up to 24 of those credit hours can be transferred in from previous graduate programs. Students take three comprehensive qualifying exams over a three-day period.
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: 36
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 43
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 6
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: %
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 91
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1895
History PhDs conferred to Date: 211
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 8
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012