PH.D. Program | Department of History

PH.D. Program


The next admissions period is for Fall 2018. We will accept admission applications to the Graduate Program for Fall 2018 until the deadline, which is June 15, 2018.

Applicants who meet this Application Deadline, but did not meet the Early Application Deadline (January 15th), will not be able to apply for funding for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic year, as those applications have closed.

Before being accepted into the doctoral program in History, the applicant must

(1) Score: a. at the 70th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) AND b. either at the 40th percentile or higher on the quantitative portion OR 4.0 or higher on the analytical/writing portion of the GRE,

(2) Submit an acceptable statement of his/her purpose in seeking the doctorate in history,

(3) Submit an acceptable formal paper (other than the thesis) from his/her master's work,

(4) Provide three acceptable letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's post-secondary academic record,

(5) Have a bachelor's degree and 24 hours of history credits from an accredited university (6 hours of US history, 6 hours of world history, and 12 hours of upper level history),

(6) Have successfully completed a master's degree in history with thesis from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.6 on a four-point scale.

(7) Meet all other university requirements.

If the student's application file is incomplete by the department's current application deadline, he/she may register as an undeclared major with Toulouse Graduate School and enroll in graduate history courses (with the written permission of the appropriate faculty) while he/she completes all history admission requirements. In such cases, the student may transfer up to twelve hours of history graduate course work to count towards the completion of his/her history doctoral degree when and if he/she is later unconditionally admitted to the history doctoral program. Applicants should read the Toulouse Graduate School website before applying - - Official transcripts and GRE scores must be sent directly to the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants may submit additional application materials (such as statement of purpose, recommendation letters, writing samples) electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant at, or by mail to - Graduate Program Assistant University of North Texas - History Dept. 1155 Union Circle #310650 Denton, TX 76203-5017

Ph.D. Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in four concentrations: in United States; European; Military History; and Body, Place and Identity. To earn the degree, students must

1. complete a minimum of 30 classroom hours of graduate history courses plus dissertation hours,

2. maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale,

3. demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language,

4. successfully complete written and oral examinations on four areas
of history (e.g., Texas history, 19th-century Europe, U.S. military history, etc.),

5. write a dissertation that is a significant contribution to the knowledge of history

    The Department of History offers the doctoral degree in four concentrations: United States; European; Military History; and Body, Place, and Identity. The Department is especially strong in Military History and Texas History. The Department has a Military History Center and publishes a scholarly journal, Military History of the West. An annual Military History Symposium brings to campus important figures in the military history of the United States and Europe.

    Areas of study for doctoral students:

    United States History

    1. Chronological

    • Colonial and Revolutionary
    • Early National
    • Civil War and Reconstruction
    • Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century
    • Twentieth Century

    2. Topical

    • Old South
    • New South
    • American West
    • Spanish and French Borderlands
    • Texas
    • Military
    • Women and Gender
    • African American
    • Mexican American
    • Local

    Areas of study for doctoral students: European History

    1. Chronological

    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Renaissance
    • Reformation
    • 17th- and 18th-Century Europe
    • Revolutionary Europe
    • 19th-Century Europe
    • 20th-Century Europe

    2. Topical

    • Classical Greece & Rome
    • Military
    • Russia
    • 17th- and 18th-Century Britain
    • Modern Britain
    • Early Modern France
    • Modern France
    • Modern Germany
    • Women and Gender

    Areas of study for doctoral students: World History

    • South Asia
    • Africa
    • Latin America
    • Modern China
    • Middle East

    Areas of study for doctoral students: Military History

    • Ancient Greece & Rome
    • French Revolution & Napoleon
    • Modern Germany
    • World War I
    • World War II
    • Cold War
    • American Military Culture
    • American Revolution
    • American Civil War
    • Korea and Vietnam
    • Revolution and Insurgency
    • Military Theory and Strategic Thought

    Areas of study for doctoral students: Body, Place, and Identity

    • Borderlands, Migration, and Diaspora
    • Culture and Everyday Life
    • Empire, Indigeneity, and (De)Colonization
    • Environment
    • Food and the Body
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Institutions, Networks, and Power
    • Labor and Political Economy
    • Memory and Representation
    • Politics and Policy
    • Race and Ethnicity
    • Religion and Belief
    • Science, Technology, and Medicine
    • War, Society, and Martial Culture

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