History, Doctor of Philosophy Degree

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Martha L. Hildreth
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Mack Social Sciences, MSS 205
Phone: (775) 784-1964
hildreth@unr.edu

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At the University of Nevada, Reno, areas of major study (dissertation) for the Ph.D. in History include Nevada and the West, U.S. history, American Studies, cultural history, History of Science, History of Medicine, or selected fields in European history.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold the Master of Arts degree, in history or a closely related discipline, from an accredited college or university (acceptable fields outside history to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Studies Committee).

Admission to full Graduate Standing for Ph.D. applicants requires a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all undergraduate and graduate work and satisfactory scores on the GRE general test. Potential applicants without an M.A. in history should talk with the Graduate Advisor to determine whether their graduate work in a related field is comparable to that expected. Detailed information on applying to the Ph.D. program is found in the section "How to Apply for Admission." Ph.D. admissions are entirely separate from M.A. admissions; completion of the M.A. program at the University of Nevada, Reno does not ensure admission to the Ph.D. program.

Learn more about program requirements and admissions process here.

Comprehensive Examination Fields and Groups for Ph.D. Students

The following are the groups and fields of historical study open for Ph.D. examinations:

Potential dissertation fields are indicated by an asterisk (*); within those fields, specific dissertation topics are limited as explained in point 27 above.

Group I:

  • U.S. 1740-1815
  • U.S. 19th Century*
  • U.S. 20th Century*
  • U.S. Social History*
  • U.S. Cultural/Intellectual History
  • African-American History
  • American Environmental History
  • Nevada and the West

Group II:

  • Renaissance
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe 1789-1914
  • Europe 1890-present*
  • European Cultural/Intellectual History*
  • Family and Community in European History
  • British Isles since 1688*
  • British Empire
  • Russia to 1900
  • 20th Century Russia and the Soviet Union*

Group III:

  • Colonial Latin American History*
  • Modern Latin America
  • Traditional East Asian History
  • Modern East Asian history
  • 20th Century East Asia
  • Latin American Cultural/Social History*
  • East Asian Cultural History
  • Ancient Africa
  • Modern Africa

Group IV:

  • Cultural Theory*
  • Gender Studies*
  • History of Science*
  • History of Medicine*
  • History of the Book*
  • Popular Culture and Diaspora Studies
  • Comparative Fields (such as slavery, socialism, environmental history, 16th-century studies)
  • Fields in other departments (such as Basque Studies, historical archaeology)


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