New York University
Dept. of History
53 Washington Sq. S., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10012-1018
Africa, African Diaspora, East Asia, South Asia, Atlantic World, Europe, Latin America, and U.S.
The History Department at New York University offers graduate training in national, transnational, and comparative fields. Students may choose to emphasize geographic or thematic approaches, either within their areas of specialization, or as a second field. The department seeks to prepare doctoral students for research and teaching, but we are also dedicated to preparing students for a variety of other careers, including public history. Two transnational fields contribute to the distinctiveness of our program, serving students across various fields of concentration. The African Diaspora field focuses on the dispersal and activities of people of African descent, extends from the fifteenth century to the present, and incorporates Africa, South America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. The Atlantic World field incorporates all of the continents that rim the Atlantic and spans early modern and modern eras.
Special Programs or Resources
The unparalleled libraries and archival resources across the New York metropolitan area permit students in all areas of study to commence research early on in their graduate careers. NYU is part of the Manhattan Research Library Initiative, or MaRLI. Through this program selected categories of advanced scholars will have borrowing privileges and access to New York Public Library, Columbia University Libraries and the New York University Libraries.
All students admitted into the PhD program are funded by the Henry Mitchell MacCracken Program for five years. (Candidates who have already completed an applicable MA receive four years of funding instead). Fully-funded MacCracken supported students receive full tuition and fee remission, a living stipend, and NYU health insurance for the four or five years of their fellowship. Students may also choose to participate in the department's teaching program, for which they receive compensation in addition to the MacCracken award.
18 courses; 72 credit hours; the written exam is taken at the end of the second year; an oral dissertation proposal defense is taken before the beginning of the second term of the third year.
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: 35
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 115
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 13
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 84%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 164
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Large [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1899
History PhDs conferred to Date: 807
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 9
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Large [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012