Dept. of History
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Ballantine Hall 742
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
Africa, African Diaspora, Ancient, Asia, British, Cultural, Europe, History of Gender and Sexuality, Jewish, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, U.S., and World
In addition to the usual geographical and chronological strengths, the IU history department has thematic fields of study in African Diaspora, Cultural History, History of Gender and Sexuality, and Jewish History.
Special Programs or Resources
We have a number of centers and institutes which offer training, research and employment for our graduate students; history department faculty are involved in all of the following: African Studies; American Studies, American Historical Review; Ancient Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for the Study of History and Memory; Central Eurasian Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; India Studies; Indiana Magazine of History; Institute of German Studies; Jewish Studies; Organization of American Historians/Journal of American History; the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction; Medieval Studies Institute; the Polish Studies Center; Population Institute for Research and Training; Renaissance Studies; Russian and East European Institute; Victorian Studies; West European Studies.
Currently we promise funding to the vast majority of Ph.D.-track students. Typically we offer five-year packages which include at least one year with no teaching duties; in the other years students work as teaching or editorial assistants. Students who exhaust this funding or who enter without multi-year packages compete annually for teaching positions. We also grant fellowships for dissertation research on a competitive basis. In addition, many of our students work as editorial assistants at the three journals affiliated with the Department, Journal of American History, American Historical Review, and Indiana Magazine of History. These journals usually fill positions through their own hiring process, but they only hire our students. Editorial assistantships, like teaching assistantships, are compensated with a fee remission, health insurance, and stipend.
We require an introduction to history course, 6 history readings courses, 2 history research courses, and a minor outside of history (usually 3-4 courses). The number of languages required varies according to field. Students undergo a third-semester review, based on work completed up to that point; an oral qualifying exam in their major and minor history fields; a dissertation proposal defense; and a dissertation defense.
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: 44
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Large [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 133
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 9
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 152
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1913
History PhDs conferred to Date: 859
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 13
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012