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 focusing on military history may want to apply to become Student Fellows of the Military History Center. 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.
Graduate Advisor and Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Walt Roberts
Wooten Hall Room 227
Phone: (940) 565-2489
For advising hours call (940)565-2288.
Graduate Admissions and Program Questions
Graduate Program Assistant
Wooten Hall Room 225C
Phone: (940) 369-8932
UNT, Dept. of History
1155 Union Circle #310650
Denton, TX, 76201
Applicants should read through the Toulouse Graduate School website before applying - http://tsgs.unt.edu/admissions/programs - Official transcripts and GRE scores must be sent directly to the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants may submit additional application materials (statement of purpose, recommendation letters, writing samples) electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant at HistoryGradProgram@unt.edu, or by mail to - Graduate Program Assistant University of North Texas - History Dept. 1155 Union Circle #310650 Denton, TX 76203-5017.