Graduate program requirements in history

Congratulations! You've been accepted as a graduate student in history. Before proceeding beyond nine credits of graduate study in history, the following must be completed:


All candidates for the graduate program in history are required to take History 600 (Proseminar), ordinarily during the first fall semester of enrollment. Proseminar provides an introduction to the members of the department and the examination fields offered and introduces the requirements of the program.

Fields of study

With the approval of the graduate advisor, students must select three fields of study (leading to comprehensive examinations over a broad spectrum of historical material) from the list of examination fields. One field should be in the same area as the anticipated thesis. The fields selected must be from a minimum of two groups; no more than one field may be selected from Group IV. One field may be taken in a department outside history with the approval of the student's committee. Selection of fields and thesis topic must be approved by the student's committee, based on the current resources of the department.

Graduate committee

The student must secure the agreement of a member of the department faculty to supervise his or her work, at which time the student's graduate committee is formed. Ordinarily this committee consists of two faculty members supervising each of the student's fields of study, plus a faculty member outside the Department of History. (If a student is pursuing an examination field outside history, the faculty member supervising that field does not count as the outside member of the committee.) All committee members must be members of the graduate faculty.

Program of study form

In consultation with the committee members and the graduate advisor, the student completes the "Advisory - Examining Committee/Program of Study." The student should list all courses that he or she plans to take for the degree, including comprehensive exams (History 795) and thesis (History 797). It is imperative that the student consult with each member of his or her committee, so that all courses necessary for each examination field are included in the program of study. Members of the committee should not sign the form until the program-of-study meeting.

Program of study meeting

Having completed the program of study form, the student arranges a meeting to be attended by all members of his or her committee and the graduate advisor. At this meeting, the student explains his or her program of study (fields and courses) and scholarly interests. Committee members and the graduate advisor review the program of study form to ensure that it includes all courses necessary for the chosen fields and satisfies all requirements of the program. At this meeting, the committee members also determine which, if any, of the student's previous graduate course credits may count toward the total degree requirements. If the program of study is deemed complete and satisfactory, the faculty members sign the form, which is then forwarded to the graduate school for official approval and filing.

Transfer credits

Credit completed as a graduate special or in graduate courses outside the University of Nevada, Reno may or may not count toward the total degree requirements, at the discretion of the student's graduate committee. No more than nine credits may be applied to the degree.