Download the Graduate Student Handbook
(updated October 2014)
Dear Incoming Students:
Welcome to the Department of History and to the graduate program. The handbook explains the Department’s programs of study as well as Graduate Division and departmental procedures and regulations that affect graduate students. The Graduate Chair and your academic adviser (or Program Committee chair) will assist you in understanding departmental offerings and in meeting the various requirements of your degree program. One of your responsibilities, however, involves familiarizing yourself with what the Department has to offer you as a graduate student; another concerns understanding the demands and possibilities of your program of study. In other words, it is to your distinct advantage to read the handbook and follow the relevant guidelines delineated for your program of study.
The purpose of the handbook is to help you negotiate the requirements of your degree program. If you are uncertain about any subject discussed herein, please consult with your adviser or the Graduate Chair. The programs the Department offers match the expertise of the faculty, so feel free to discuss your options with those faculty members and administrators in the best positions to advise you.
Certain members of the Department of History faculty have special responsibilities in this regard. Professor David Hanlon, Chair of the Department, has general oversight of the graduate program. The Graduate Chair, Professor James Kraft, administers the graduate program. You should consult the Graduate Chair about program requirements and about Graduate Division and Department of History regulations. The Graduate Secretary should be consulted for scheduling committee meetings, arranging for examinations, or attending to the many other matters which require the processing of forms for Graduate Division. The faculty of the World History Program oversees the work of graduate assistants. Graduate assistants should consult them about their duties and schedules.
All of us extend to you best wishes for your success as students of history and as colleagues in the profession of history.
The Graduate Faculty
Department of History