The graduate programs in the Department of History are designed to prepare students for careers in higher education, research, and public service. Graduate classes normally include about eight to twelve students, enabling each student to receive close personal attention from the instructor. Most classes fall into two categories, "studies" courses and "seminars." Studies courses generally include extensive reading assignments on the course topic and substantial writing assignments. Seminars are designed to teach the student how to conduct research in original sources (e.g., letters, diaries, newspapers, census records, etc.) and how to organize and present the results of that research to a wider audience.
In addition to formal classes, other opportunities for learning are readily available to graduate students. Several speakers of national and international stature address faculty and students on a variety of topics each year. An Internet mailing list for the department's graduate students, posts notices of deadlines, scholarship opportunities, job openings, and other general information about graduate work in history. A very strong chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors program for students of history, organizes scholarly and social events and sponsors a banquet and prominent speaker each spring semester. The North Texas chapter was recognized as one of the best in the nation in 2009 and 2010. In addition, faculty members hold regular office hours each week and make themselves readily available for individual consultation with students, during office hours or at other times convenient to the student. Many graduate students also participate in regional and national historical conferences by presenting the results of their research to audiences of fellow professionals, and some of them publish their work.
Students who take advantage of the opportunities offered in the graduate program -- whether formal courses, individual instruction, organizational activities, or addresses by visiting lecturers -- will find graduate study at North Texas exciting, stimulating, and highly informative. Certainly, they will be well prepared to think and function as historians.
The Department of History is in Wooten Hall on the southeastern edge of the university campus. Most classrooms and faculty offices are in Wooten Hall. In the same building is the History Help Center, staffed by paid graduate students and designed to provide advice and tutoring for undergraduates enrolled in history courses. The Kingsbury-Thomason Departmental Library, available to students and faculty, includes thousands of books (including many standard reference works) and videotapes on various aspects of history. Also in Wooten Hall is one of several university computer labs dedicated to student use. This lab includes the very latest in computer hardware and software, including standard word- processing, spreadsheet, data base, and statistical programs.
In addition to the University Computer Lab on the first floor of Wooten Hall, which is available to all students, the Department has computers and a printer in each of the offices used by Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants. At least one of the computers in each office is connected to the University network. Full Internet access is available from these offices.
The University Libraries include the Willis Library, the Eagle Commons Library, the Media Library, and the Music Library. These facilities contain about two million printed books, periodicals, maps, documents, microforms, audio-visual materials, music scores, and electronic media. The Willis Library houses the general collection, and many special collections. Research holdings directly relevant to graduate study in history include the Oral History Collection, federal and state documents, microfilmed papers of U.S. presidents and other important figures, Texas newspapers, U.S. census records, service records of soldiers in the U.S. Civil War, a large collection of U.S. State Department papers, parliamentary records of the larger European nations, Captured German Documents (1867-1945), British Cabinet Records (1868-1945), major European newspapers, documents on the Nuremberg trials of the 1940s, the Bexar Archives collection on microfilm, sixty-seven volumes of unedited documents relating to the Spanish empire in the western hemisphere, and other collections.
The Oral History Collection, one of the oldest and largest in the nation, contains more than 1,400 bound volumes. Taped and transcribed interviews focus on the political, cultural, and business history of Texas, the Pacific theater of World War II, local African-American history, and various other local and regional topics. Numerous books and articles have been based on materials in the Oral History Collection, especially works on World War II and twentieth-century U.S. politics.
Graduate students also have access to several other major libraries and institutions in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum, the Southwest Branch of the National Archives, the Dallas Public Library, the Dallas Historical Society, and the libraries of numerous colleges and universities in the area.
The Department houses the editorial offices of Military History of the West, a scholarly journal that contributes to the department's strong reputation in military history.
Masters Degree Admission Information and Procedures
The Department of History no longer accepts spring admissions to the Graduate Program. The deadline for Fall admissions is January 15th of the same calendar year.
Before being accepted into the Master's Degree program in History, the applicant must
(1) Score: a. at the 50th 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) 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),
(3) Have a cumulative grade-point average (overall or for the last sixty hours) of 3.0 on a four-point scale,
(4) Submit an acceptable statement of his/her purpose in seeking the master’s degree in history
(5) Provide two acceptable letters of recommendation,
(6) Have met all other university requirements.
Masters Degree Program Requirements
There are two options for students seeking a masters degree in History, the thesis option and the non-thesis option. Students earning a master's degree in the UNT Department of History must follow the thesis option to qualify for admission in the Department's doctoral program.
Thesis Option - 31 Hours
o A graduate major in history consists of 25 hours of graduate work in history (including 1 hour of historical bibliography and at least two research seminars) and a 6-hour thesis. The 25 classroom hours may be selected from any graduate courses offered by the department; the 6-hour thesis may be written on any topic approved by the student's advisory committee.
o The student may substitute 6 hours in a related field approved by the chair of his or her committee for 6 hours of graduate course work in history.
o A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work and the thesis.
The non-thesis option is regarded as a terminal degree by the UNT Department of History.
A student taking this option must take any two research seminars in history and 1 hour of historical bibliography.
The remaining 24 hours may be all in history or may include a minor of up to 6 hours in a related field approved by the department chair.
A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work.
Ph.D. Admissions Information and Procedures
The Department of History no longer accepts spring admissions to the Ph.D. Program. The deadline for Fall admissions is January 15th of the same calendar year.
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 with thesis, or have completed an acceptable Project in Lieu of Thesis,
(7) Meet all other university requirements.
Ph.D. Program Requirements
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in three fields: in United States, European, and Military History. To earn the degree, students must
1. complete a minimum of 36 classroom hours of graduate history courses plus research and dissertation hours,
2. maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 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
Fields of Specialization
The Department of History offers the doctoral degree in three fields: United States, European, and Military History. 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
- Colonial and Revolutionary
- Early National
- Civil War and Reconstruction
- Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century
- Twentieth Century
- Old South
- New South
- American West
- Spanish and French Borderlands
- Women and Gender
- African American
- Mexican American
Areas of study for doctoral students: European History
- 17th- and 18th-Century Europe
- Revolutionary Europe
- 19th-Century Europe
- 20th-Century Europe
- Classical Greece & Rome
- 17th- and 18th-Century Britain
- Modern Britain
- Early Modern France
- Modern France
- Modern German
- Women and Gender
Areas of study for doctoral students: World History
- South Asia
- 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
The Graduate Advisor and Director of Graduate Studies is:
Dr. Walt Roberts
Wooten Hall Room 227
Phone: (940) 565-2489
For advising hours and/or to leave messages call (940)565-2288.
Graduate Admissions and Program Questions
The Graduate Program Assistant is:
Wooten Hall Room 225C
Phone: (940) 369-8932
For questions regarding admissions, application status, or program questions, contact the Graduate Program Assistant.
UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships provides several methods of assisting students in financing their education. Applications and complete descriptions of all programs, requirements, and qualifications are available at:
Financial Aid Office
Eagle Student Services Building
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
Phone: (940) 565-3901
Applications for financial aid administered by the university Financial Aid Office should be made by June 1 (for the Fall semester), October 1 (for the Spring semester), and April 1 (for the Summer terms).
The Department of History offers several departmental graduate scholarships as listed below. Applications will be posted at the beginning of February on this website under Departmental Forms and are due by the end of February for the following academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).
You may also pick up applications in the main office, WH 225.
- Jim Berry Pearson Scholarship - awarded to a graduate student (enrolled for at least nine hours when the award is actually received) who is seeking knowledge for its own sake.
- Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship - awarded to a doctoral student studying U.S. history. Preference is given to those studying some aspect of the U.S. Constitution or political or economic history.
- Jack B. Scroggs Scholarship - awarded to a doctoral student to allow him/her to complete the dissertation without other duties owed the Department.
- Major General Olinto Mark Barsanti Scholarship - awarded to a full-time graduate student concentrating in military history.
- Ledbetter Family Scholarship - awarded to full-time students (undergraduate and graduate) majoring in history.
- History Faculty Scholarship - awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated superior ability in the study of history.
- Kay Wilkinson Travel Fund - awarded to graduate students for research trips, conferences and expenses related to Women's Studies.
Student Employment Opportunities
The Department of History offers employment to graduate students as Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows as well as staff positions in the History Help Center and in the Kingsbury-Thomason Departmental Library. For information and application forms for these positions, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.