Dept. of History
Marion McCain Bldg., Rm. 1158
6135 University Ave., P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
America, Africa, Britain, Canada, and Europe
Dalhousie currently offers doctoral programs in British, Canadian, Middle East, American, Atlantic world, and African history. The department encourages breadth of formation in its graduate students through participation by faculty and students in a lively weekly seminar on diverse topics. Graduate students also have opportunities for involvement with a variety of interdisciplinary networks at Dalhousie and the University of King's College. We have a particularly strong concentration of legal historians and African historians, and we are well situated for research into Atlantic world topics, including both British history and Atlantic Canadian history.
Special Programs or Resources
The Killam Library holds a wide variety of electronic and microfilm primary sources in each of our areas of doctoral study. For Canadianists, the Nova Scotia archives is a major local research resource. In addition, the Dalhousie University Archives are more than just a repository for institutional records; they also hold major collections in business, shipping, and labor history.
We guarantee funding to all doctoral students whom we admit. Part of the guaranteed funding package includes teaching assistantships. From time to time, faculty members also offer research assistantships, and doctoral students in their final year may expect to be offered the chance to teach a course. In addition to the scholarships that are available out of the general, university-wide scholarship fund, Dalhousie is one of only three universities that offer Killam scholarships.
The program is designed to be completed in four years. Students spend their first year reading intensively in three general fields, two major and one minor, preparing for three exams. Successful completion of these exams, combined with a major paper in the two major fields, constitute the course requirements of the program. The balance of the program requirement is researching and writing a dissertation. Details may be found at http://history.dal.ca/programs/graduate_handbook.htm.
Last Updated: October 19, 2012