Iowa State University
Dept. of History
603 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1202
agriculture and rural studies
The Agricultural History and Rural Studies Program (AHRS) trains students in these research specialties, broadly conceived. Over the past several years the program has broadened to include a comparative field for students. The program provides an excellent foundation in US and European history, generally, while allowing students to pursue their more specialized interests in rural and agricultural topics. Recent graduates have found tenure-track employment with colleges and universities, such as Centre College, in Kentucky, Tusculum College, in Tennessee, and Mount Mercy College, in Iowa. Graduates also work for various government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Special Programs or Resources
Doctoral students have access to excellent collections in rural and agricultural history in the Special Collections of Parks Library. Iowa State is within easy traveling distance of the collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines and Iowa City. Many students participate in the University's very active Preparing Future Faculty Program.
PhD students will be considered for teaching assistantships. Most students will have the opportunity for stand-alone teaching prior to graduation, either in survey or upper division courses. Students at the dissertation stage are eligible to apply for the Garst Fellowship, which provides funding for students who are doing research and writing.
Agricultural History and Rural Studies Program: students entering without a master's degree in history will be expected to earn the MA in History while progressing to the doctorate. A total of 72 hours (including both master's and doctoral work) is required for the degree. Currently, students take a four-day exam covering four separate areas of specialization for the preliminary exam.
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: 20
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Small [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 18
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 66%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 42
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1990
History PhDs conferred to Date: 49
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 2
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012