Information for Prospective Students
In response to increasing student interest in historical studies that transcend geographical areas, we offer History degree students the option of crafting an individual plan of study, which enables them to work formally with faculty members who specialize in different geographical areas. It is aimed at students who wish to gain roughly equal depth of training in more than one geographical area.
Students considering this option should bear in mind two considerations:
- The choice of an individual plan may have job-market ramifications. Although there has been some movement in recent years away from the traditional definition of academic jobs in terms of a single geographical area (e.g., U.S. history, African history, or East Asian history), many academic positions are still defined in geographic terms.
- Because an individual plan of study offers roughly equal grounding in the history and historiography of more than one geographical area, it may well require more time to complete than would a major in one program.
By the end of their first year, students who are admitted to pursue an individual plan of study will need to:
For further information, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.