University of Western Ontario (Western University)
Dept. of History
Lawson Hall, Rm. 2201
London, ON N6A 5B8
Atlantic World; Canada; Europe; the United States ; Latin America; International Relations and Conflict; Far East; Business and Economy; Gender; Environmental History; Public History; Digital History; Religion; Social and Cultural History; Technology and
In History at Western we offer services and programs that enhance our graduate students' experiences and provide a supportive and stimulating academic environment. We offer a blend of structure and flexibility allowing our graduate students to develop personally and professionally in an enriching and collaborative environment. The Department frequently hosts conferences. The highly successful Military History Colloquium and the Law and Governance Conference of 2009 are two notable examples. The Department also offers a student conference annually entitled Making History. The Department also hosted the very-well-attended and successful Canadian Historical Association meeting in June of 2005.
Special Programs or Resources
The Department of History participates in a number of interdisciplinary and collaborative graduate programs including American Studies and Migration and Ethnic Relations. The Department is also home to NiCHE (Network in Canadian History of the Environment) which offers PhD fellowships in Environmental History. The Department of History has a thriving Public History MA which includes a focus on Digital History and has an internship component. We have a very lively array of workshops and speakers' series. The Department of History Colloquium adds much to the Department's intellectual life. The significant support provided by both Harris Steel and the Ley and Lois Smith funds permits major symposia to be hosted by the Department on subjects relating to American history, Canadian-American relations and Canadian Military History. The Joanne Goodman Lectures, dealing with an aspect of the history of the North Atlantic Triangle (Britain, Canada and the United States) are an annual event. A second endowed lecture has been established on Ontario History to honor the memory of Professor J.J. Talman.
Current domestic doctoral students receive a financial package of $22,000 in their first year and are guaranteed $19,000 each year for the following three years. An international student would receive approximately $26,000.
This financial package consists of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, or marking position or a Graduate Research Assistant position.
Graduate Teaching Assistants teach two tutorials of approximately 10-20 undergraduate students. GTAs are expected to attend the undergraduate course lectures.
The following lists the requirements of the program:
Two full courses
A second language credit (normally satisfied at the MA level)
Comprehensive Exams (two minor fields and one major field historiographical essay)
PhD thesis dissertation proposal
Written dissertation, approximately 350 pages plus bibliography
Dissertation defense (oral examination)
Last Updated: October 19, 2012