Study Options


Our graduate training is organized around geographical study programs and our students also have ample opportunity to focus their studies thematically. Although most of our students are trained in a single study program, students whose research interests span geographical areas have the option to craft an individualized program of study. Among other options are our Bridge Program with UW-Madison’s Department of Afro-American Studies and a Joint Ph.D.

We offer formal study programs in these geographical areas:

  • African History
  • East Asian History
  • European History – Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern
  • Latin American and Caribbean History
  • Middle Eastern History
  • South Asian History
  • Southeast Asian History
  • United States History

Within their geographical program, students may also choose to organize their studies thematically. Our faculty’s special thematic strengths are in:

  • Borderlands and diasporas
  • Environmental history
  • Gender and women's history—see Program in Gender and Women’s History
  • Intellectual and cultural history
  • Labor and political economy
  • Military, war, and society
  • Race, ethnicity, and indigeneity
  • Religion and ritual

Beginning in Fall 2017-18, the graduate program in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology will become part of the Department of History. We will continue to offer separate graduate degrees in History and in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.  

Students whose research interests span geographical areas also have the option to craft an individualized program of study. This enables them to work formally with faculty members who specialize in different geographical areas. Students pursuing individualized studies may also choose to focus their program thematically.

Our Bridge Program with UW-Madison’s Department of Afro-American Studies, created in 2002, is designed to allow students to complete the M.A. in Afro-American Studies and the Ph.D. in History. Please see our Graduate Handbook for details on admissions and program requirements and feel free to contact our Graduate Program Coordinator with any questions you may have.

Graduate students at UW-Madison have the option to pursue a Joint Ph.D. that ties together studies in two departments. Among popular choices are a Joint Ph.D. in History and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology or in History and Educational Policy Studies. For more information, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator.