Ohio State University
Dept. of History
106 Dulles Hall
230 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1367
Africa, African American History, Ancient, Atlantic World, Business, Diplomatic, East Asia, Europe, Islam, Jewish History, Latin America, Military, Russia/Eastern Europe/Eurasia, U.S., and Women
The Department of History offers a comprehensive program in all major chronological and geographical areas, with particular strength in African-American, East Asian, Diplomatic, European, Islamic, Military, Early and Modern U.S., Women's and World History. We have recently also added the Atlantic World as a major field.
Special Programs or Resources
Ohio State has wide variety of strong language departments, interdisciplinary departments (such as African and African American Studies, Comparative Studies and Women's Studies) and interdisciplinary centers (such as the Center for East European and Slavic Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies). The Mershon Center is home to many national security and international relations programs and activities of interest to historians, hosting an array of faculty associates, conferences, and fellows. A vibrant program in the history of literacy is coordinated by the Department of English, involving many historians researching the print medium. The Harvey Goldberg Program within the Department of History is focused on electronic media.
The students we admit are provided with financial packages comprising a mix of fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. Our basic TA package is for four years of University funding for students entering with an MA degree and five years for those entering with a BA. We also typically extend this for a dissertation year of funding upon competitive application. There are also a number of University fellowships for dissertation year research and writing.
The basic requirements to advance to candidacy include one required historiography course and a variety of reading and research seminars before completion of written qualifying examinations in each of the student's three fields. Completion of the MA by thesis or examination is a step along the way for those who enter with a BA degree. We generally require competence in two foreign languages or their equivalent (such as quantitative skills). The dissertation prospectus is presented no later than two quarters after qualifying examinations, but is usually completed earlier. The dissertation defense is the final formal step in the program.
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: 69
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: -1
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 132
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 72%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 124
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1925
History PhDs conferred to Date: 768
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 13
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012