Catholic University of America
Dept. of History
620 Michigan Ave. NE
101 Father O'Connell Hall West
Washington, DC 20064
Medieval and Modern Europe, and U.S.
The Department of History at Catholic University offers doctoral degrees in the fields of Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, and American History. The faculty is particularly strong in medieval history, the history of religion, intellectual history, the study of immigration and ethnicity, and slavery in the New World.
Special Programs or Resources
In addition to the resources found in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the German Historical Institute and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Center for Byzantine Studies), Catholic University has several particular collections. The main campus library (the John K. Mullen of Denver Library) contains more than 1.5 million volumes, with particularly outstanding collections in church history and medieval history. In addition, the campus library system houses valuable special collections, including the Oliveira Lima Library, one of the foremost Brazilian and Luso-Brazilian collections in the United States; Rare Books and Special Collections including manuscripts, incunabula and other printed books such as the 10,000 volume Clementine Library; and the Stevenson Library of Latin American music. The university archives contain major holdings on the social and institutional history of the Catholic Church and labor movements in the United States. The University is also a member of the Washington Area Library Consortium, which makes available to students the collections at The American University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University and the University of Maryland.
Scholarships (for tuition remission) are available to students on a competitive basis. A number of stipend-bearing teaching fellowships are also available.
The Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A Ph.D. requires a minimum of 54 graduate credit-hours (i.e. 24 credit-hours beyond the minimum required for the M.A.). A maximum of 8 courses (24 credit-hours) can be transferred from another institution with departmental approval. Students must pass a round of written examinations in major and minor fields, and also an oral exam in their major fields. Each student must also meet a language requirement: this is defined as one language more than for the M.A. (that is, in most cases, two foreign languages, except for Medieval European history, which requires three, one of which must be Latin).
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: 12
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Small [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 31
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 35%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 44
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1915
History PhDs conferred to Date: 344
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 2
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012