University of Alberta
Dept. of History and Classics
2-28 Henry Marshall Tory Bldg.
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4
Canada, Europe, History of Science and Medicine, Late Antique and Medieval History, and Roman Archaeology and History
The Department of History & Classics offers PhD programs in History in the following areas: Africa and the Middle East; British Empire; Canada; China; Early Modern England; Early Modern Europe; Medieval Europe; Modern Europe; Modern France; Modern Germany; Modern India; Modern Latin America; History of Religion; Russia and Eastern Europe; Science, Medicine, and Technology; Unities States; and Women’s History.
Special Programs or Resources
The University of Alberta Libraries houses a collection of some ten million volumes in addition to microform and manuscript material for historical and philological research. The Library holdings and special collections in History are extremely strong. Some of the areas of major strength are the History of the US; Britain; Canada; China; Eastern Europe and Russia; Modern Europe; Medieval and Early Modern Europe and Legal History. The Bruce Peel Special Collections Library contains many rare or expensive items, including numerous early editions of Classical texts. The Library holdings in Classics are notably strong in several important areas, including Greek and Latin authors, patristic texts, epigraphy, numismatics, Greek and Roman religion, the archaeology of Roman Italy, Italian topography, and Roman Africa. The Department of History and Classics has several travel grants to assist with archival research and conferences.
The Department of History and Classics annually appoints a number of Graduate Research and Teaching Assistants at stipends from about $7,700 to about $15,500, for services requiring six to twelve hours per week for eight months of the year (this work usually consists of marking as a teaching assistant or serving a faculty member as a research assistant). Partial appointments on a prorated basis may also be made. At the time of application, prospective graduate students should indicate whether they wish to be considered for an assistantship, but no appointment will be offered to any student until the student is formally admitted to graduate studies. The Department also offers tuition coverage for PhD students and allows all post-candidacy students to teach up to two courses as primary instructor with remuneration.
PhD students are normally funded for four years, and it is the regular policy of the Department to grant a full assistantship to all PhD students who do not have external funding through scholarships, although students may decline such grants in part or full if circumstances dictate. For PhD students, renewal of assistantships from year to year depends on satisfactory academic progress.
Every student entering the PhD program in History must take and pass four to five senior level (*3) courses, which include one or two methodological/theoretical/comparatives courses; prepare for comprehensive and candidacy examinations; fulfill the Department’s second-language requirement; complete the ethics training required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research; and submit a thesis proposal of ten to twenty double-spaced pages (including bibliography) based on some preliminary research.
Upon admission to formal candidacy, the student must register with the Department's Graduate Committee the subject of the thesis, as approved by the candidacy examining committee. The thesis, to be written under the direction of the student's supervisor, must represent the result of original historical research and constitute a genuine contribution to knowledge. In format, it must meet the standards laid down by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The text of the thesis should normally be between 250 and 400 pages in length.
Last Updated: October 19, 2012