950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
America and Modern Europe
The Clark University History Department is a small one, and of unusually high quality, activity, and visibility in the field. Because of our size and activity, and because we consider it vital to give proper mentoring and attention to each of our graduate students, we admit only a few graduate students each year. This close mentoring has resulted in some of our students having articles and conference papers accepted by professional journals and organizations before they have even begun their dissertations. At the same time, we admit a sufficient number of students to form a critical mass for the social and intellectual fellowship vital to a healthy learning environment. In addition, the requirement that students take some courses outside of history enlarges the graduate community as well as the intellectual horizons of our students.
The department offers graduate programs in two broad areas: (1) America, with tracks in the history of the United States and in the history of the Atlantic World, and (2) modern Europe, with tracks in the history of the Holocaust and in Genocide Studies. Both of these areas of study are augmented by instruction in non-Western areas. The department has particular depth in women's history (European, American, and Chinese), American diplomatic history, and Holocaust and Genocide history.
Special Programs or Resources
Our close ties with the American Antiquarian Society and Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA are wonderful assets for graduate students studying in United States history. The department offers a graduate internship for credit at Old Sturbridge Village.
Tuition remission; teaching assistantships; stipends
Students must take 12 courses at the graduate level to qualify for the Ph.D. At least nine of these must be taken in the History Department. At least two must be from departments outside of History at the graduate level and approved by the Graduate Director. Qualifying exams are oral, covering three fields.
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: 12
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Small [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 13
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 7
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 7
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1916
History PhDs conferred to Date: 130
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 0
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012