PhD Program | Department of History

PhD Program


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.

    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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