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Twin Cities Campus

History Ph.D.

History Department
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of History, 1110 Heller Hall, 271 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5840; fax: 612-624-7096)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 63
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Areas of concentration include Africa; ancient history; East and South Asia; late antiquity and the middle ages; medieval, early modern, and modern Europe; the early modern world; Middle East; Latin America; and the United States and its colonial background. Scholarly resources include Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Center for Medieval Studies, Immigration History Research Center, Minnesota Population Center, Modern Greek Studies, Center for Early Modern History, Institute for Advanced Study, and Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
About half of incoming students have master's degrees.
Special Application Requirements:
The average GPA of incoming students is approximately A-/B+, with more weight placed on history classes, where students are expected to have earned mostly A or A- grades.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 600
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
27 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Varies by area of concentration (see below).
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Reading proficiency in one language other than English is required. Some areas of concentration may require more than one. The language requirement is required before admission to the preliminary oral examination. In some cases, competence in quantitative methods may replace one of the foreign languages. Courses used to satisfy MA requirements can be counted in these totals.
History Courses
First Year Requirement
HIST 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies (3.0 cr)
HIST 8021 - History Research Seminar (3.0 cr)
Major Electives
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HIST 5xxx
· HIST 8xxx
Comparative Area
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
Courses are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.
· HIST 5xxx
HIST 8xxx
Outside Coursework
Take 12 course credits outside the major.
Thesis Credits
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HIST 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
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HIST 8015 - Scope and Methods of Historical Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of historical studies over time (especially in 19th and 20th centuries). Methodologies currently shaping historical research. Theoretical developments within the discipline during 19th and 20th centuries. prereq: instr consent
HIST 8021 - History Research Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The History Research Seminar will help History PhD students to conceptualize and articulate a significant research proposal and to become more effective writers. The course will prioritize the format and expectations of the dissertation prospectus, but with permission of the instructor students may develop a different research project (e.g. a seminar paper to become part of their portfolio, or a chapter of an MA thesis or dissertation). In either case, students will focus on the process of rigorously conceptualizing their research by writing a proposal using a format that is suggested by the Graduate School's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship application's "Statement of Research" as a model.
HIST 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 14 cr per semester or summer, 24 cr required