PhD Degree

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 PhD degree in the General 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.