University of California, Irvine
Deptartment of History
200 Murray Krieger Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3275
Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, U.S., World, East Asia, China, Japan, Latina America, Middle East, Ancient
The Graduate Program in History at UCI combines a distinctive approach to graduate study. The program is designed to provide students with both advanced historical skills and a rigorous grounding in historical theory. We believe that the best historical research involves the self-conscious use of theory to pose significant questions and to answer them in sophisticated ways. This combination of theoretical study with training in historical method reflects the Department's conviction that scholars should be encouraged to deal with significant questions about the past and to approach these questions in a methodologically sophisticated way. The Department is small enough to offer close attention to students' specific needs but large enough to function as an intellectual research community.
Special Programs or Resources
UC Irvine's Graduate Program in History is noted for its encouragement of interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship, for an emphasis on writing for multiple publics, programs in history pedagogy, and for its focus on forward-looking historical methods, theories and subject areas. Irvine offers interdisciplinary programs in Critical Theory, East Asian Studies, and Women's Studies that students can incorporate into their study of history. The relatively small size of the graduate program allows for close collaboration between students and faculty. Our programs of study are tailored to individual interests and goals.
The Department's faculty is especially strong in many thematic foci, including gender and sexuality, religious history, environmental studies, and colonial/imperial histories. Faculty and graduate students contribute to UCI's Shaffer Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction, are involved with pioneering digital humanities programs, and participate in K-12 outreach through Humanities Out There and the UC Irvine History Project.
The Department is home to the Journal of Asian Studies and the Journal of Mexican Studies.
Students and faculty benefit from the proximity of major research collections, including The Huntington Library, The Getty Museum and Research Institute, The Clark Library, The National Archives and Records depository in Laguna Beach, the Nixon Presidential Library, and UCI Special Collections which has significant holdings in the Southeast Asian Archive, the Critical Theory Archive, and Orange County and California history.
PhD students are eligible for a range of merit-based fellowships which offer between three and five years of support. All multi-year fellowships include at least two years of TAships. Additional teaching assistantships are available for students without multi-year fellowships.
PhD candidates are required to take a minimum of 12 courses (excluding language or specialized methods courses), pass two foreign language exams, submit a portfolio of written work, and pass an oral qualifying exam.
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: 36
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 67
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 9
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 88%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 89
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1971
History PhDs conferred to Date: 217
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 6
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012