Program Description

We have a large and vibrant department with over forty faculty members who challenge the traditional boundaries of the historical discipline. In our teaching and writing, we recognize that new insights can be gained from trans-regional and interdisciplinary approaches to the past. Through our close partnership with H-Net and MATRIX—MSU’s digital humanities center—and in History’s newly launched Lab for Education in and Advancement of Digital Research (LEADR), we explore new ways produce scholarship.

Graduate students enter the program with a focus on a primary field of study.

Students also define two secondary fields of study. One of those fields might be in a different discipline, such as Geography or Anthropology, or in one of MSU’s studies programs, such as

Within History, secondary fields can be drawn from the list of primary fields or from a number of thematic areas that are trans-regional and interdisciplinary. They include:

Graduate students entering our program join faculty members as full participants of an active intellectual community. Through regular course work and workshops they are given opportunities to present their own research and to draft publishable papers. Like faculty, graduate students have their own research agendas, teach undergraduates, and participate in outreach programs.

On a competitive basis, the department offers its graduate students generous, five-year funding packages that include a stipend, tuition, and nine credits per semester. In addition, our students often receive internal and external awards for dissertation research, language study, conferences, and dissertation writing.

Our Ph.D. students graduate are well prepared for what lies ahead, and our placement record bears this out. In recent years, we have placed near the top of a list of our peer-institutions for graduate student job placements in tenure system appointments.