The Department of History offers separate graduate degrees in History and, beginning in 2017-2018, in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. 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.
Other degree options include our Bridge Program with UW-Madison’s Department of Afro-American Studies, which is designed to allow students to complete the MA in Afro-American Studies and the PhD in History. Graduate students at UW-Madison also have the option to pursue a Joint PhD that ties together studies in two departments.
The History and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology degree options are summarized on this page. For detailed information, see the Graduate Program Handbook.
In the History degree program, graduate training is organized by primary fields of study. Although most of our students are trained in a single field of study, students whose research interests span more than one field have the option to craft an individual plan of study.
We offer the following primary fields of study in the History degree program:
- African History
- Central Asian
- 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
- History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Within their primary field of study, students in both degree programs also have the opportunity to organize their studies thematically. Our faculty’s special thematic strengths are in:
- Borderlands and diasporas
- Environmental history
- Gender and women’s history
- Intellectual and cultural history
- Labor and political economy
- Military, war, and society
- Race, ethnicity, and indigeneity
- Religion and ritual
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology MA/PhD
We offer MA and PhD degrees in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in addition to an MA degree in the History of Medicine for people with advanced training in the health professions.
Graduate students come to the program in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from a variety of backgrounds in the sciences and humanities and with diverse professional goals. The program maintains a policy of maximum flexibility and, insofar as possible, tailors the work required for the degree to fit the individual. Students are encouraged to undertake work in related programs such as History, Philosophy, Science and Technology Studies, and the various sciences. Joint degrees in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and another field are possible. In past years such Ph.D. programs have been successfully completed with the departments of Philosophy, Classics, Psychology, History, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.