Kent State University
Dept. of History
305 Bowman Hall
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Modern Europe, Public, and U.S.
Kent State University's doctoral program trains students to be both scholars and teachers. To move students beyond the traditional emphases on U.S. and European history or the modern era exclusively, our program includes a transnational field focused on a particular thematic area and encompassing two distinct time periods or parts of the world.
Special Programs or Resources
Once they pass their comprehensive exams, all students on appointment are assigned complete responsibility for their own sections of one of our Kent Core courses in U.S. history or the history of civilizations. To develop breadth in their teaching (and to make them more attractive to potential employers), students are encouraged not to concentrate all of their teaching in one course over several semesters and to branch out. The Department also runs a Preparing Future History Faculty program to professionalize our students before they graduate. University Fellowships are generally available on a competitive basis for advanced doctoral students that provide a service-free semester for dissertation work.
The Department awards a limited number of doctoral-level graduate assistantships each year that provide for full tuition remission and a monthly stipend. Students may receive doctoral support for a maximum of four years (pending the availability of funds), provided they demonstrate satisfactory performance in their academic programs and assigned duties. Before comprehensive exams, students assist tenure-track faculty as assistants in one of our Kent Core history courses; once they pass their comprehensives, they are assigned their own section will full instructional responsibilities.
A minimum of 30 hours beyond the M.A. is required for the Ph.D. Students take both written and oral comprehensive exams in their three chosen fields of history. We encourage all students, but especially those attending full time, to complete their comprehensives as quickly as possible so that they can move on to the dissertation.
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: 23
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 30
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 0%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 56
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1966
History PhDs conferred to Date: 182
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 2
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012