University of South Carolina
Dept. of History
Gambrell Hall, Rm. 245
817 Henderson St.
Columbia, SC 29208-0001
Latin America, Public History, and Southern History
The faculty is especially deep in the field of southern history, including the experiences of African Americans and women in the region. At the same time, the curriculum is at the forefront of academic efforts to achieve a comparative thematic perspective. This strategy helps to keep students at the cutting edge of scholarship and introduces them to outstanding faculty members who work on geographic areas in which the department does not specialize for doctoral training. Thematic strengths extending beyond the South include the history of consumerism and tourism, the history of science and technology, and military history.
Special Programs or Resources
The University of South Carolina offers one of the most successful public history programs in the country. Doctoral candidates may take an MA in public history, which is a valuable professional credential, on their way to earning the PhD. The university has an excellent library system, and research on southern history is facilitated by convenient access to the holdings at the university's South Caroliniana Library and the state's Department of Archives and History.
Teaching or research assistantships, which include competitive stipends and full abatement of tuition, are available to almost all PhD candidates. Some outstanding students receive fellowship support. The department provides travel grants for students delivering papers at professional conferences.
Candidates for the PhD complete three years of full-time course work (taking the MA after the second year), pass a series of written and oral comprehensive examinations, and write an approved 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: 33
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 53
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 5
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: %
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 54
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1929
History PhDs conferred to Date: 222
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 5
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012