University of Chicago
Graduate Dept. of History
1126 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637-1554
Africa, Ancient, Asia, Caribbean-Atlantic, Europe, History of Science and Medicine, International and Transnational, Islamic/Middle Eastern, Latin America, Modern Jewish, and U.S.
From its 1892 establishment as one of the founding departments of the University of Chicago, the History Department's attention has focused on programs leading to the Ph.D. degree in a broad range of fields. At Chicago you will find an academic environment in which basic research on the history of culture and societies throughout the world thrives, nurtured within the University's rich tradition of intellectual distinction and rigor. Theoretically sophisticated comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are a hallmark of the Ph.D. program. Along with graduate fields organized by traditional regional, national, and chronological boundaries, the Department offers a comprehensive range of interdisciplinary, theoretical, and comparative fields of study. We strongly encourage students to take courses outside of History and to compose one of their three oral fields in a comparative discipline. Applicants interested in the study of history at the master's level only should apply to one of the University's Master of Arts programs.
Special Programs or Resources
A distinctive part of our program are the interdisciplinary workshops that bring together students and faculty from throughout the University for intellectual exchange; teacher training is provided through a Departmental Pedagogy workshop and by the University's Center for Teaching and Learning; and academic and other job placement advice is provided by the Department's Committee on Fellowships and Placement, as well as the University's Career Advising and Planning Services. The University has one of the nation's leading university libraries with over 6 million volumes and 8 million non-book items; other research libraries of note in the Chicago area include the Newberry Library, the regional depository of the National Archives, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Chicago Historical Society.
Academic record and scholarly promise are used as criteria for offering admission and financial aid, but need or United States citizenship are not factors. Currently these offers are tuition plus a $21,000 stipend for five years with two years of Summer funding, or a tuition scholarship alone for the first two years with an increase to tuition plus a $21,000 stipend in years three through five and one Summer of funding. In the third through fifth year of fellowships, a portion of the stipend award comprises teaching service for the College. Approximately twenty-five students matriculate each year. History graduate students are eligible to receive up to $300 for travel to two recognized conference presentations over the course of a graduate career. Preproposal and dissertation archival research grants are also available, and range from $2,000 to $3,000.
Fifteen courses are required for the Ph.D., an oral qualifying examination in three fields, a dissertation proposal hearing, and a final oral defense of the dissertation. Language requirements are determined based on field. At least one foreign language is required for all students.
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: 42
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 242
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 25
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 266
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1895
History PhDs conferred to Date: 1489
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 22
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012