University of Arkansas
Dept. of History
1 Univ. of Arkansas
Old Main Bldg., Rm. 416
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Ancient Mediterranean World, African History, Early Modern and Modern Europe, Far East, France, Great Britain, British Empire, Medieval Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Islamic World, Russia, and U.S.
The Doctorate of Philosophy in History is primarily a research degree. It is designed to produce scholars who will make significant contributions within their chosen field of research. All candidates for the degree, therefore, are required to participate in seminars devoted to an investigation of the philosophical and methodological underpinnings of the discipline, to demonstrate an ability to utilize primary and secondary materials in at least one foreign language, to successfully complete rigorous written and oral qualifying examinations in four designated fields, and to submit an original and extensive research contribution in the form of a doctoral dissertation.
While the program is research-oriented, the department recognizes that most candidates will engage in teaching during all or part of their careers, and further, that while a competence in the subject matter is the fundamental qualification for that activity, an ability to transmit knowledge and to stimulate thought is an acquired skill. Therefore, the department seeks to provide doctoral students the opportunity to engage in supervised teaching activities as a part of their graduate work. After a year of close mentoring as a teaching assistant, students design and develop their own surveys. Faculty teaching mentors also work closely with teaching assistants and instructors.
The Faculty of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas range widely across the discipline, in a variety of geographies and cultures, from the ancient to the post-modern world, with teaching and research emphases in political, social, diplomatic, cultural, intellectual, and environmental history. History Department faculty members have won a wide array of prestigious grants and fellowships to pursue research in this country and abroad. These include awards from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, National Humanities Center, American Antiquarian Society, Institute for Advanced Study, Nobel Institute, the Carter G Woodson Institute, and the Newberry and Huntington libraries. Members of the present and emeritus faculty have been awarded Fulbright College and University research and teaching awards, including Master Researcher and Master Teacher, Alumni Distinguished Awards for teaching and research, and the Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award.
Arkansas History doctoral students have received highly competitive fellowships (including awards from Fulbright and Mellon foundations, the American Center for Oriental Research, the Medieval Academy, and the US State Department), to support research and language study in the Middle East and Europe, and to visit the Vatican archives, presidential libraries, national, state and local archives, and special collections at private and public institutions. They earn Fulbright College and all-University honors, including Yowell Teaching Awards, recognizing their achievements as outstanding instructors and promising scholars. Recent graduates have won tenure-track or visiting positions at Wake Forest University, Texas A & M University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Central Arkansas, the University of Malang (Indonesia), and Coastal Carolina University.
Special Programs or Resources
The reference librarians at Mullins Library on the University of Arkansas campus provide excellent guidance for students engaged in historical research. Historians make particular use of the library's Special Collections, which includes a wide array of primary source research materials, such as the papers of Senator J. William Fulbright. Interlibrary Loans makes available books, articles, and documents from collections around the world.
Ph.D. candidates are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships in the amount of $11,000 per academic year. The deadline for applications is December 1 of each year. The Graduate School awards Distinguished Doctor Fellowships (DDF) in the amount of $30,000 and Distinguished Academy Fellowships (DAF) in the amount of $20,000. Both the DDF and the DAF are renewable for a period of four years and are given to exemplary students in any field. All graduate assistants in History receive full tuition waivers. The Department of History also awards several other fellowships to advanced doctoral students, including the Diane Blair Fellowship for the Study of Southern Politics and Culture, the Willard Gatewood Fellowship for the Study of Southern History, and the Mary Hudgins Fellowship for the Study of Arkansas History. Students who are from underrepresented groups and are U.S. citizens may apply for the Benjamin Franklin Lever Tuition Fellowship from the Graduate School.
A detailed statement of degree programs and admission requirements together with application forms may be obtained on the history department's web site at www.history.uark.edu. Prospective candidates are also encouraged to consult with the Graduate Advisor, Department of History, Old Main 416, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.
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: 24
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 46
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 8
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 44%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 71
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1954
History PhDs conferred to Date: 90
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 5
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012