University of Rochester

PhD in History

PhD students will adopt programs of study with four (4) fields or spheres— two of which will be teaching fields and two of which will be research fields. Teaching fields are those fields that qualify students to teach basic introductory or survey courses. They may be national, regional, or global in scope. Examples include US I, Southeast Asia, Western Civilization. Students will generally acquire their knowledge through 592 Independent Reading courses and any undergraduate courses they chose to audit. Students may obtain reading lists for teaching fields from faculty members’ websites.

Research fields are specialized and concentrated interests that should support dissertation work. These normally will be met through 400-level courses and Directed Readings courses (usually demarcated History 591). Examples of research fields are the Enlightenment, African-American migration, or history of psychology. At least one of these fields must be transnational or comparative in nature. Students may find offered research fields and associated readings lists on faculty members’ individual pages and on the research fields webpage.