University of Rochester

Why U of R?

The graduate program in the University of Rochester's Department of History is a small and select one that offers both the MA and PhD degrees. The program uniquely combines the personal attention of a tutorial system with the resources of a major research institution. While in residence, students have access to distinguished faculty, a world-class library, and opportunities to work on one of the premier academic journals, Reviews in America History, which is edited here.

The graduate program revolves around the research and writing interests of the faculty. These fall into three spheres of inquiry — the world of nations, which emphasizes the complications of government, nationalism, war, and power; the world of goods, which concentrates on commerce and trade, the supporting institutions and the consequence of various modes of production and consumption; and the world of knowledge, which focuses on the production and uses of ideas. Because these areas of inquiry are not confined to a single nation-state, the department strives to provide opportunities for transnational and comparative study and encourages dissertations with that emphasis.

Please consult the Graduate Handbook for the most up-to-date requirements of the graduate program, including comprehensive exams, language requirements, teaching assistantships, and adviser selection. For rules and regulations concerning graduate level study at the University of Rochester please access the Graduate Bulletin.