Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
16 Seminary Pl., Van Dyck Hall
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1108
African-American History; Comparative and Global history; History of Technology, Medicine, and Science; Latin American History; Social and Cultural-Intellectual History; and Women's and Gender History
The Rutgers History PhD program offers training in numerous fields: the history of the United States (with concentrations in early American, cultural and intellectual, social, political, and diplomatic history); African American history; the history of Europe (medieval, early modern and modern, with regional strengths in the history of Britain, Spain, France, Germany and Central Europe, and Russia); Latin American history (colonial and modern, with regional expertise in Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Anglophone Caribbean, Argentina and Ecuador); African history (particularly West and Southern Africa); Near and Middle East; and East and Southeast Asian history. The program also offers major and minor fields of study in several transnational and thematic fields, including women's and gender history; global and comparative history; and the history of science, technology, environment and health.
Special Programs or Resources
Graduate students attend weekly seminars and can become fellows at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the Center for Cultural Analysis, the Center for Race and Ethnicity, and the Institute for Research on Women. The Rutgers British Studies Center supports graduate student initiatives from conferences and workshops to study groups. The History department maintains close ties with (and graduate students often work at) two major archival projects on campus: the Thomas Edison Papers, and the history center of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The Graduate School's GradFund program offers information and guidance for students seeking major sources of external funding.
The program offers 5-year packages of support for graduate students. The support package usually consists of complete tuition remission, two years of fellowship, and three years as a TA or GA. Under special circumstances, the department sometimes accepts unfunded students.
The basic degree requirements consist of 48 credits (16 classes) of course work, and a further 24 credits of research work. Students with prior graduate study in history can transfer in up to 24 credits of course work. Students take qualifying examinations in a major and at least one minor field. The minor field exam and Stage 1 of the major field exam are usually written, although an oral exam is an option. Stage 2 of the major field exam consists of an oral defense of the student's dissertation proposal. For full program details, see history.rutgers.edu/graduate/doctoral-program/doctoral-program-description.
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: 56
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 90
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 12
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 132
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1946
History PhDs conferred to Date: 557
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 13
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012