History PhD Concentrations

Applicants to the History doctoral program must indicate their preference for one of the following doctoral concentrations:

Modern Studies. Modern Studies focuses on both the modern period of world history and especially on the application of current theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives for the study of the modern period and of "modernity" itself. Typically, scholarship in this category may appropriate concepts and methodologies from other academic fields, and may involve literary theory, feminism and gender critique, traditions of the avant-garde, cultural studies, Marxism, neoconservatism, modern and postmodern art and architecture, film, media studies, and theories of post-industrial society.

Students in the Modern Studies concentration are encouraged to participate in the university's Center for 21st Century Studies and its thematic programs that explore contemporary cultural and social phenomena, and to consider taking elective courses in the English Department's Modern Studies Concentration.

Concentrators must take History/English/MAFLL 740 or 741, Backgrounds of Modernism I or II (3 credits); and colloquia and seminars in modern history and other appropriate colloquia and seminars in Modern Studies and related disciplines (21 credits).
Global History. Global history focuses on the study of phenomena that transcend single nations or regions, including the environment, religion, ideology, labor, migration/diaspora, war, peace, industrialization, colonialism and imperialism, social movements and political conflicts, slavery, class, women, gender, science and technology, popular culture, trade and finance, demography, politics, nationalism, and international relations. Students in Global History may emphasize African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or United States history in a global context, analyzing historical issues within localities, regions, and nation-states, or concentrate on transnational dynamics and phenomena. In their inquiries, they will often cross geographic, disciplinary and conceptional boundaries, question or perhaps challenge existing regional or chronological frameworks, and develop new approaches to understanding global developments and interactions.

Students in global History must take History 839, Approaches to Global History (3 credits); and colloquia and seminars in Global History and other appropriate graduate courses in History and related disciplines (21 credits).
Urban History. Urban history is the study of urban areas, including cities, suburbs, and metropolitan regions, around the world and throughout recorded human existence. Students of urban history examine all aspects of urban life. They examine how the physical landscapes and social structures of urban areas have been produced and have changed over time. They study how people respond to the problems and opportunities that arise in urban contexts, and they study the cultural activities that take place in urban areas. The evidence and sources on which urban historians draw are diverse. They include quantitative documents produced by government and other research entities; the records of the proceedings of municipal entities, voluntary, religious and political organizations; manuscript collections from private organizations and individuals, oral interviews, and reports from the media such as newspaper collections.
Students in Urban History must take History/Urban Studies 980, Growth of Urban Society (3 credits); and colloquia and seminars in urban history and other appropriate graduate courses in History and related disciplines (21 credits).