The graduate program in history is intended primarily for students
who pursue full-time work toward a Ph.D. Requirements for a Ph.D.
degree include 12 courses in history or in a supporting discipline. Two
of those courses must be in a minor field, and two or more courses must
be research seminars. Students must complete successfully examinations
in their major and minor fields. Normally, these tests are taken in the
third year. Doctoral candidates working in European and non-Western
history must have a reading knowledge of two foreign languages.
Candidates are required to prepare an acceptable thesis based on
original research and defend that thesis successfully in a final
examination conducted by a faculty committee. Credits for M.A. work in
history done at other institutions likely will be transferred with the
permission of the Graduate School-New Brunswick.
The M.A. is
offered within the framework of the doctoral program. Its requirements
include eight courses in history and successful completion of an
examination in the student's major field. A thesis is not required.
Students whose sole objective is the M.A. should consider applying to
the M.A. program in American history on the Rutgers-Camden campus or to
the M.A. program in history on the Rutgers-Newark campus. For further
information about these M.A. programs, write to Department of History,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, NJ 08102; or
Department of History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
Newark, NJ 07102, respectively.
Students who plan to seek
financial assistance should apply for the September term no later that
January 15. Other students should apply by February 15. Transcripts,
Graduate Record Examination scores, three letters of recommendation,
and a writing sample are required.
The Ph.D. program offers
work in most fields of American, European, Latin American, and East
Asian history, but the department has particular strengths in early
American, women's, cultural/intellectual, comparative/world, and
African-American history. New major fields have been established in the
history of technology, environment, and health; women's and gender
history; the history of Atlantic cultures; and the African diaspora.
Each is designed as an interdisciplinary curriculum. The department
also is home to the Thomas A. Edison Papers, the Institute of
Electronic and Electrical Engineers History Center, the Medieval and
Early Modern Data Bank project, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
Susan B. Anthony papers, and the African Studies Association.
A full description of the program may be found in the brochure Graduate
Study in History, available from the department or online at http://history.rutgers.edu. This
brochure also offers information about fellowships (which pay $13,000,
plus tuition remission), teaching assistantships, and other forms of