Simon Fraser University
Dept. of History
8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Americas, Britain, Canada, East Asia, Europe, and Middle East
The graduate program in History at Simon Fraser University is committed to training students who are grounded in regional histories but also trained in a number of important thematic approaches to the past. Our department has strengths in the history of the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We also have several scholars who train graduate students in environmental history, global history, the history of gender and sexuality, labour history, cultural history, the history of religion, the history of race, and the history of indigenous peoples. Our Canada Research Chair is focused on indigenous history.
Special Programs or Resources
The History Program at SFU offers doctoral students several opportunities to enhance their training beyond coursework. The department has links to several research centres on campus, including the Labour Studies Centre, the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, the Latin American Studies Program, and the School for International Studies. Students may also take courses from affiliated faculty in the Hellenic Studies Program, Women's Studies Program, the Urban Studies Program, and the Department of Humanities.
The History Department at SFU offers a number of funding opportunities to doctoral students. We offer funding through Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, but PhDs are also usually granted up to three Graduate Fellowships, and the newly create President's Scholarship. Other information about entrance scholarships and private awards can be found on our website.
Upon admission into the graduate program in History, each student will be assigned a faculty supervisor, enroll in a graduate seminar, and begin reading for comprehensive examinations. The supervisory committee and the student shall determine three fields of study. The student and each field supervisor will agree as soon as possible upon a general list of readings of approximately forty to forty-five books (or the equivalent) in each field. Comprehensive examinations include a written and oral component, and will be based on the reading lists. PhD students must take at least one graduate seminar course for credit.
Within one semester of the successful completion of the comprehensive examinations and formal admission to candidacy, the student will submit a thesis prospectus on a topic agreed upon with his/her supervisory committee.
All students must demonstrate a reading ability in one language other than their native language that is relevant to their research area and acceptable to the Supervisory Committee and the Graduate Program Committee. Students whose research does not require competence in a language other than English shall be examined in French.
Last Updated: October 19, 2012