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

    THECB Marketable Skills: Department of History

    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state's 60 x 30 TX plan. 60 x 30 TX was launched in 2015 with a clear and bold vision: to be among the highest-achieving states in the country. 60 x 30 TX is a roadmap to help Texas reach that future through higher education.

    Marketable skills for this degree include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas, that are valued by employers, and are primary or complementary to the major. The marketable skills goal was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers. UNT's marketable skills were faculty-developed and approved by employers or discipline-specific agencies, e.g., internship providers, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards, and other workforce-related entities. For information on these marketable skills -

    The marketable skills for the Ph.D. in History are:

    1. Synthesize/interpret large amounts of data
    2. Pedagogical practices
    3. Mastery of the historical literature
    4. Expertise in the history of specific topics/regions
    5. Research/write studies based on primary sources

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