Northern Illinois University
Dept. of History
Zulauf Hall 715
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, and U.S.
Students applying to the Ph.D. program must hold a master's degree. The primary areas of doctoral study offered are modern European, Russian, Asian, United States, Latin American History, and African History. Thematic fields of study are available for secondary and tertiary concentrations.
Special Programs or Resources
Northern Illinois University houses the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (a National Resource Center since 1997), a Center for Burmese Studies, a Center for Black Studies, a Center for Latinos and Latin American Studies, a Regional History Archive, and the Abraham Lincoln Digitization Project. Faculty are also associated with Museum Studies, Women's Studies, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies. The university is 60 miles from the Newberry Library and the Chicago Historical Society.
New doctoral students may apply for teaching assistantships in the Department of History; graduate assistantships in the Center for Black Studies, Center for Latinos and Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies; and FLAS fellowships through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
The doctorate entails 54 semester hours of course work, including the 30 credits typically drawn from the M.A. degree. The remaining 36 hours are devoted to the writing of the dissertation. Doctoral students must also demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages at an average level or in one foreign language at a high level. Quantitative methods may be substituted for one of the languages. The candidacy exams involve the writing of three historiographical essays, the preparation of a teaching portfolio, and one oral.
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: 28
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 28
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 6
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 39%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 70
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1966
History PhDs conferred to Date: 126
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 2
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012