University of Akron
Dept. of History
290 E. Buchtel Ave.
Akron, OH 44325-1902
Africa, Ancient, East Asia, History of Science, Latin America, Medieval Europe, Middle East , Modern Europe since 1750, Renaissance to 1815 , South Asia, and U.S.
Akron's PhD in History, in consortium with the history department at Kent State University, offers students broad training both as scholars and as teachers. The department's strengths are in American and European history, but it has also developed an increasing focus in non-western history. Doctoral candidates are trained in all three areas, thus preparing themselves well for the kinds of jobs that are out there. Most graduate education is in small, focused seminars and one-on-one interactions with the faculty.
Special Programs or Resources
The department offers graduate courses specifically designed to improve students as teachers. Students finishing their dissertations may apply for a Dissertation Year Fellowship that offers the same level of support as a teaching assistantship, but without a service obligation. Students who are well into writing their dissertations are often hired as instructors in undergraduate courses. The University of Akron holds important archival collections in the history of psychology and the history of rubber working.
All full-time graduate students are considered for teaching assistantships, which are offered competitively. These assistantships pay for tuition plus a stipend.
A minimum of 60 hours is required for the PhD. In practice, 5 or 6 years past the MA is normal. Students take both written and oral comprehensive exams in four fields before beginning the dissertation. Specific fields are chosen in consultation with the principal advisor, but must include at least one field each in American, European, and non-western history.
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: 17
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Small [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 11
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 54%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 40
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1974
History PhDs conferred to Date: 45
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 1
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012