University of Florida
Dept. of History
P.O. Box 117320
025 Keene-Flint Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320
Africa, Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and U.S.
Graduate study at the University of Florida is intended to prepare students for academic careers, or for employment in government or private agencies. The department offers major fields of study in U.S. History, European History, Latin American History, and African History. In addition to these major fields, the department also offers formal MA and/or minor field programs in: Atlantic World, Gender History, and Legal History.
Special Programs or Resources
Students at the University of Florida have the advantage of working at a major research university, one with some particularly outstanding resources for research. The P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History is the preeminent collection of Florida-related materials. The Latin American Collection is among the nation's best, and the Caribbeana collection is perhaps without equal. The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica offers a substantial collection in Jewish history and Jewish Studies with a particular strength in the fields of Holocaust and Sephardic Studies.
Students at Florida also have the advantage of several outstanding Area Studies Centers that bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines: African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Jewish Studies, and Latin American Studies.
The University of Florida is also home to the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and home to the History of Science Society. Both offer opportunities for graduate students in History.
The University of Florida Department of History offers incoming PhD students several types of competitive financial aid. Incoming students are eligible for Alumni Assistantships (currently $20,000/yr plus a tuition waiver) and Teaching Assistantships (currently $12,600/yr plus a tuition waiver). Either award may also come with a Grinter Fellowship, which adds another $2,000 to $3,000 to the annual stipend. Our students have also been competitive for other university fellowships. The department actively encourages and supports graduate students in applying for competitive national fellowships and awards as well, and past students have successfully competed for awards from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The PhD in history requires a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the Bachelor's degree. As a condition of candidacy into the Doctoral program students are required to take written qualifying examinations in the major and minor fields of study and an oral examination within 3 months after the written. Before being admitted to candidacy students must also successfully defend a dissertation prospectus within four months after the written qualifying exams. Students in U.S. history must first complete preliminary examinations based on the foundation seminars. After completion of the dissertation the student will complete an oral defense to finish the degree.
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: 78
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 8
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 50%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 89
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1952
History PhDs conferred to Date: 224
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 5
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012