University of Connecticut at Storrs
Dept. of History
241 Glenbrook Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-2103
Africa, Ancient, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and U.S.
The doctorate is offered in Medieval European, Early Modern and Modern European, United States, and Latin American history with supporting areas in the History of Science and in Ancient, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern history. Supporting work in other disciplines is recommended. All applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence, ability in writing historical prose, and preparation in a foreign language.
Special Programs or Resources
In addition to the Homer Babbidge Research Library, the Storrs campus is home to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, including the Archives and Special Collections, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, and the Center for Oral History. The History Department also has long-established relationships with the American Antiquarian Society, Mystic Seaport, and Plimoth Plantation. We are committed to the practices of both academic and public history, and to the training of excellent teachers of history at all levels of education; the State Historian is on the faculty of our department, and we offer courses in both public history and history pedagogy.
The department is home to the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History, the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights, and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in Early American History. The department also sponsors three lecture series (Visiting Scholars in Gender and History, the Foreign Policy Seminar, and the History Colloquium), two annual lectures (the Fusco Distinquished Lecture and the New England Seminar in American History), as well as more informal speaker series, bringing distinguished scholars to campus throughout the year.
The University of Connecticut offers Predoctoral Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships (which include tuition waivers) each semester. All awards are made on the basis of academic merit.
The Dissertation Prospectus is considered the fourth field of the doctoral exam. Once it is approved by both the student's committee and the department's Graduate Advisory Committee, the student advances to doctoral candidacy. A public dissertation defense is required prior to the conferral of the Ph.D.
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: 38
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 40
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 4
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 93%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 73
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1967
History PhDs conferred to Date: 178
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 3
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Medium [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012