University of California, Riverside
Dept. of History
1212 HMNSS Bldg.
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521-0204
America, Native American, Ancient Mediterranean, Europe, Russia, Latin America, Public History, Southeast Asia
We are a dynamic department that is deeply committed to graduate training. We seek to produce highly qualified professional historians with exceptionally strong research and teaching skills, a breadth of historical knowledge, and an understanding of the variety of methods and approaches that historians employ. No single approach to history prevails among the faculty. Research activity and interests cluster in ways that cross traditional fields defined by places and periods. Notable concentrations of faculty strengths include material culture, public history, Native American history, cultural contact and confrontation, women and gender, and family history.
Special Programs or Resources
We feature Ph.D. fields in World History and Native American history (and are one of the only universities nation-wide to offer the Ph.D. in Native American history), in addition to broad strength in Europe, the United States, and Latin American History. In addition, our program in Public History at the MA and PhD levels is one of only two in the University of California system. Public History students receive training in Museum Studies, Archival Management, and Historic Resources Management under the supervision of full-time faculty and carefully chosen professionals.
The UCR History Department works with the UCR Graduate Dean's office to offer outstanding applicants guaranteed multi-year financial aid packages (up to five years) that combine fellowship with teaching assistant support. Many students also receive teaching assistant support, short-term and quarter-long research fellowships, and dissertation fellowships on a competitive basis as they proceed in their course of studies.
The PhD requirements include reading courses, two-quarter research seminars and courses in theory and methods. Students take written take-home examinations in a research field and a complementary field, and satisfy a teaching field with coursework. After completing field examinations and a field-specific language requirement, students must pass an oral Ph.D. examination that includes consideration of their draft prospectus, and submit a 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: 27
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 85
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 14
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 87%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 78
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1966
History PhDs conferred to Date: 161
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 7
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012