Florida International University
Dept. of History
Miami, FL 33199
Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, and U.S.
Our explicitly comparative doctoral program emphasizes the history of Atlantic civilizations. Core courses include a readings seminar on the history of the Atlantic World; and a research seminar on the same topic. A variety of other graduate seminars broaden students' understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic intersections throughout the Atlantic world through comparative readings on race relations, slavery, colonialism, comparative methods in historical research, and so forth. In addition to our cross-cultural approach, we offer more traditional training in the historical experience of various geo-cultural areas, including Africa, America, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Students benefit from affiliation with the nationally-recognized Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), a Title VI-funded center. Students interested in our special strengths in international studies also benefit from the University's African and African Diaspora Studies program, and the Asian Studies Program. All offer a variety of funding opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and certificate programs, language training, and research abroad.
Special Programs or Resources
The Women's Studies Program is where several members of the history faculty are actively involved in teaching, research, and outreach programs. The FIU library has a number of special collections, with particular strengths in Latin American history. The Wolfsonian-FIU is a major museum with an extensive collection of artifacts primarily of US and European origin, dating from 1885-1945. It comprises a variety of media: furniture; industrial-design objects; glass, ceramics, and metalwork; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; and a special collection of twentieth-century political propaganda. The objects are interpreted to explore key issues in design history - the way design interacts with cultural change, industrial innovation, and strategies of persuasion.
The Department offers competitive Teaching Assistantships. Doctoral students are supported throughout all 12 months of the year, starting at $18,818. In addition, the University provides doctoral evidence acquisition and dissertation-year fellowships on a competitive basis, along with other funding opportunities for language training and research abroad. These include the FLAS program administered by LACC, the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI grants awarded by LACC, and research assistantships offered by the African and African Diaspora Studies.
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 75 credit hours after the B.A. Qualifying exams are taken in three fields: core, breadth, and comparative.
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: 22
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 35
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 54%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 88
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 2000
History PhDs conferred to Date: 20
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 2
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012