Doctor of Philosophy in History
The period of time between a student's admission, or promotion, to the
doctoral program, and advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree in
Examination is one devoted largely to study in the student's four
fields. In addition to preparing the student for the General
Examination, this work has two purposes: (1) to broaden the student's
historical knowledge in preparation for a teaching career, and (2) to
deepen the student's historical knowledge within an area of specialty
in preparation for researching and writing the Ph.D. dissertation.
This course of study is carried out under the guidance of the student's
Supervisory Committee. The creation of the Supervisory Committee is
the first task of the new Ph.D. student.
To assist the student in formulating this Committee, the History Graduate Office asks newly admitted Ph.D. students to submit at the end of their second quarter of study the Proposed Course of Study form in which students specify in rank order their proposed four doctoral fields and supervising faculty. This plan of study should be formulated by the students in consultation with their advisers and other appropriate faculty members. This form is a tentative proposal, not a request to establish the student's Doctoral Supervisory Committee.