University of Wisconsin–Madison

Our Graduate Program

Kate A. Everest, UW-Madison’s first History Ph.D., 1893

With some 160 graduate students and nearly 60 faculty members, the Department of History is home to one of the oldest, most distinguished, and most comprehensive graduate programs in the U.S., renowned for its long and valued tradition of collegiality and openness. Joining our ranks this year are the faculty and graduate students in the former Department of History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, one of the broadest, most prestigious academic programs of its kind in the United States. All told, our internationally recognized faculty has been mentoring distinguished historians since 1893.

Consistently ranked among the very best in the nation, our graduate program now offers separate degrees in History and in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.* In the History degree program, training is available in an extensive 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; religion and ritual; and science, medicine, and technology. (See Degree Options for details.)

Among the most valued friends of our Graduate Program are our alumni, the Department of History’s Board of Visitors, and many generous donors.  We are especially indebted to the George L. Mosse Program in History , Program Manager emeritus John Tortorici, and current Program Manager Skye Doney. The generosity of the Mosse Program benefits our graduate students and faculty in a multitude of ways.

* Students interested in the history of science, medicine, and technology may pursue either the PhD in History, with a concentration in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, or the PhD in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.