Central Michigan University
Dept. of History
Powers Hall 106
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Comparative and Transnational History, Europe, U.S., Latin America, Atlantic World, and U.S.
The Joint MA/PhD program in Comparative and Transnational History at Central Michigan University requires a year of study abroad at one of four partner institutions: the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, or Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. Doctoral candidates usually undertake comparative projects requiring a return to one of the partner locations for research on their dissertations, and faculty from the partner institutions participate in dissertation advising and directed research.
Special Programs or Resources
Central Michigan University boasts the Clarke Historical Library, with extensive collections in the history of Michigan, the Great Lakes, and the Old Northwest. The University's Park Library houses over 1,100,000 books and bound journals, an extensive collection of electronic resources, microfilm and manuscript materials, and excellent interlibrary loan services. Graduate students also have ready access to the state library and archives in Lansing on hour away as well as the research collections of other libraries and museums in the state. Our partner institutions all maintain active centers of research with access to extensive and rich collections of archival material, including the National Archives of Scotland one hour from Glasgow, the Erasmus Center for Early Modern Studies and the N.W. Posthumus institute (among several others) in Rotterdam, rich archival and cultural resources in Weimar one half hour from Jena, and the extensive archaeological treasures and archival resources of Puebla and nearby Cholula.
The department supports doctoral students in their studies at CMU with teaching and research assistantships. Each student in the Joint Program is supported by a fellowship during the required year of study abroad. Students who maintain adequate progress in the program typically receive funding for at least four years.
90 hours beyond the BA, including 54 hours of course work and 36 hours of dissertation credit. Students complete written qualifying examinations in two major fields or one major field and two minor fields. The field in the history of the Atlantic World counts as two major fields.
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: 24
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 25
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 5
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 76%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 51
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1999
History PhDs conferred to Date: 10
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 1
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012