Wayne State University
Dept. of History
3094 Faculty Administration Bldg. (FAB)
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Europe, America, Labor, Gender, Asia, Africa, Science and Technology, and World
The doctoral program at Wayne State University, a nationally ranked research institution, is located in the Midtown area of Detroit. As nationally and internationally recognized scholars in their fields, our faculty are committed as well to providing quality teaching and involved mentorship to graduate students. Our program focuses on American history and the history of early modern and modern Europe, with supporting fields in World history, African, Asian, and Latin American history, with a core of transnational specializations, including labor and urban history, citizenship studies, women's and gender history, and the history of science, and technology. We offer training in archival administration and access to world-class archival repositories with opportunities for museum and archival internships.
Special Programs or Resources
Doctoral students at Wayne State University have access to a wide variety of resources. The WSU Library system is ranked among the top 50 research libraries in the country and includes the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, which is the official repository for the UAW, UFW, SEIU, and the IWW; the Damon J. Keith collection on African American legal history, and important collections on the history of Detroit.
The Detroit Cultural Center is home to the Burton Collection of the Detroit Public Library, which specializes in the history of Michigan and the Old Northwest; the Louise Lovett Wright Research Library for African American history, with an emphasis on Detroit and Michigan; the Hackley Collection, which is a rich resource on African American arts, and the Detroit Historical Museum.
Our students have available the rich resources in Canadian History at the Leddy Library at the University of Windsor and the Benton Ford Research Center, which is the repository of the Ford Motor Company and houses other rich sources on modern American history.
The department awards one recruiting Rumble Fellowship each year. This award includes a full fellowship in the first year, along with a guarantee of financial support for the following two years. The department awards six graduate teaching assistants each year. Each assistantship is renewable for three years. There are additional funding opportunities for doctoral students through both the department and the Graduate School, including the Graduate and Professional Scholarship, small doctoral research grants, summer dissertation fellowships, project-related graduate research assistantships, and travel grants to support graduate participation in professional conferences.
The Ph.D. is defined as 90 hours beyond the baccalaureate, which is comprised of 40 hours of coursework in History, 8 hours in cognate courses, 12 hours of elective credits, and 30 hours in dissertation candidacy credits. Reaching candidacy requires three written qualifying examinations followed by an oral exam and an approved prospectus. In addition, the student must demonstrate language proficiency, as defined by specific field requirements.
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: 27
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 35
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 3
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 35%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 108
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1961
History PhDs conferred to Date: 97
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 1
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012