University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dept. of History
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
United States/North American history with minor fields in African American History, Atlantic World, or Europe
The PhD in history prepares students to teach and conduct research in American history and to understand it within an expanded global perspective. Doctoral students will choose and define a minor field outside of US history. This broader intercontinental perspective--including the Americas, Europe, and Africa--enables students to explore themes such as the interaction of political, economic and cultural systems, questions of race and ethnicity, and the transnational dimensions of national experience. This global perspective is encouraged by providing a selection of courses that are cross-national, comparative, and integrative in content and format.
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The PhD program admits only a few highly qualified students each year. In a setting of relatively small classes, individualized research projects, and frequent contact with faculty, students are trained in the arts of scholarly research and writing. No less is the emphasis placed on fostering teaching skills. Through a required teaching seminar, hands-on teaching experience, and careful mentoring, students are prepared for teaching in a college or university environment. Students will also have an opportunity, after initial training as assistants, to design and teach independent courses connected with their research interests.
Besides the UNCG library's special collections and database resources, our students also take advantage of the libraries of nearby research universities, such as UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, and archives such as the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh.
Doctoral students are normally awarded renewable teaching assistantships upon admission, with a stipend of $14,000 (2013-14) plus tuition. Faculty will assist students in their search for university and external fellowships that will support the later stages of their dissertation research and writing.
A total of 45-51 semester hours of course work and dissertation credit, including a minimum of 33-39 hours of course work beyond the MA in history and a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit, are required to complete the PhD in history. Written and oral comprehensive exams are usually completed in the third of study. In addition, PhD candidates must also satisfy language exam requirements appropriate to their particular fields of study before taking comprehensive exams. Successful completion of these requirements and the comprehensive exams allows candidates to pursue dissertation research and writing.
Information from Department of Education
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Information from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
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Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 29
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 5
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 16%
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First PhD conferred: 2010
History PhDs conferred to Date: 12
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Last Updated: October 19, 2012