University of Minnesota
Dept. of History
1110 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Africa, Ancient, Comparative Early Modern, East and South Asia, Medieval to Modern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Islamic World, and U.S.
The PhD program at the University of Minnesota trains scholars and teachers in the following fields: US (early and modern), Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), Ancient, East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Comparative Early Modern. We admit only to the PhD program, although students may obtain an MA along the way if they wish.
Special Programs or Resources
The Department participates actively in several research Centers (those marked with an asterisk are directed by a member of the Department): *Center for Austrian Studies, *Center for Early Modern History, Center for German and European Studies, *Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Medieval Studies, *Immigration History Research Center, *Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, *Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, *Minnesota Population Center, *Modern Greek Studies. The University offers a number of archival collections including that of the Immigration History Research Center and the Social Welfare Archives. Among the special collections in the University Library is the James Ford Bell library, focusing on the history of world commerce from the time of Marco Polo until the end of the eighteenth century. The University participates in the Preparing Future Faculty program.
All admitted students are offered a multi-year funding package consisting of a mix of fellowship, teaching assistantship, and research assistantship funding. Tuition and health insurance are included. The Department nominates incoming students for Graduate School Fellowships and Diversity of Views and Experiences fellowships from the Graduate School, MacArthur Fellowships from the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, and FLAS Fellowships from the Institute for Global Studies.
The PhD requires ten courses in History, including History 8015 (Scope and Methods), a research seminar in the first year, and two courses in a comparative area of History. There are additional requirements for core courses in particular areas of study. It also requires four courses in a minor or supporting program outside of History. The Preliminary Examination consists of written exams in a General Area, Sub-Area, and Comparative Area within History, and an oral examination including the presentation of a dissertation prospectus.
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: 48
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 125
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 14
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 130
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1888
History PhDs conferred to Date: 610
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 9
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012