The Graduate Program
Our internationally recognized faculty members have been mentoring distinguished historians since 1893. Consistently ranked among the very best in the nation, our program offers training in a comprehensive array of regional and transnational fields, with strengths in virtually all areas of the world. We also offer expertise in a wide range of thematic fields, such as borderlands and diasporas; environmental, intellectual, and cultural history; gender and women's history; labor and political economy; military, war, and society; race, ethnicity, and indigeneity; and religion and ritual. Our faculty and graduate students are active participants in UW-Madison’s vibrant research community, which spans distinguished disciplinary departments, interdisciplinary and area studies programs, and intellectual networks. They enjoy access to one of the largest library collections in North America, to the extensive archival collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and to training in more than 40 modern and ancient languages. Our training of graduate students encompasses all aspects of professional development and helps to ensure successful careers in a range of professions both inside and outside of the academy.
In keeping with the Wisconsin Idea, we encourage students to reach across the boundary between university and community. Many of our students prepare for careers involving public service and some of our most distinguished alumni have made path-breaking and enduring contributions to public intellectual life. Through open and spirited exchange, we seek to better understand both our past and our present.