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The program is a formal collaboration between the history departments of the University of Massachusetts and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges. Participating faculty teach graduate courses, sit on dissertation and examination committees, and serve as advisers and mentors. Through Five College cooperation, the program offers an extensive range of opportunities for the study, teaching, and practice of history.
Four to eight courses in the 600-800 series, including two graduate research seminars, are generally required, the precise number depending on the field and background of the candidate.
Candidates must pass the departmental examination demonstrating reading ability in one foreign language. Students specializing in areas for which knowledge of more than one foreign language is usual for scholarly work must demonstrate reading proficiency in the relevant languages.
Preliminary Comprehensive Examination
Candidates must pass the general examination in three fields. Not more than two can be in the candidate’s area of specialization. With the approval of the major adviser and of the departmental Graduate Program Director, the candidate may pursue one field in a department other than history.
A dissertation, based on original research and making an original contribution, is required for the fulfillment of the degree.
Minimum: full-time residence at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for one academic year.
- 600 European Historiography to the Enlightenment
- 601 European Historiography: The Enlightenment to the Present
- 602 American Historiography Through the Civil War
- 603 American Historiography: 1865 to the Present
- 605 Approaches to World History
- 607 Latin American Historiography: Colonial Period
- 608 Latin American Historiography: National Period
- 611 Topics in Ancient History I
- 612 Topics in Ancient History II
- 613 Topics in Medieval History
- 615 Topics in the History of Early Modern Europe
- 616 Topics in the Age of the Enlightenment
- 621 Topics in Recent European History
- 626 Comparative Memory
- 636 Topics in Russian History
- 646 Topics in Early American History
- 648 Topics in the National Period
- 649 Topics in the Civil War
- 650 Topics in the Gilded Age
- 651 Topics in the Progressive Era of the United States
- 652 Topics in American Diplomatic History
- 653 Topics in the United States Between the World Wars
- 654 Topics in Recent American History
- 655 Topics in United States Intellectual History
- 657 Topics in United States Urban History
- 658 Topics in American Social History
- 659 Public History
- 661 American Material Culture
- 662 Museum and Historic Site Interpretation
- 664 Digital History
- 665 Writing History for Popular Audiences
- 671 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Latin America
- 676 Topics in Modern Middle-Eastern History
- 696 Special Problems in History
- 697 Special Topics in History
- 698 Practicum in Public History
- 699 Master’s Thesis
- 700 Seminar in Medieval History
- 701 Seminar in Renaissance and Reformation
- 703 Seminar in the Enlightenment
- 715 Seminar in Social History of Early Modern Europe
- 716 Seminar in Modern Germany
- 717 Seminar in Modern France
- 718 Seminar in Russian History
- 719 European Politics and Diplomacy Since 1815
- 731 Seminar in Early American History
- 735 Seminar in the Progressive Era in the United States
- 736 Seminar in the United States Between World Wars
- 737 Seminar in Recent American History
- 738 Seminar in American Diplomatic History
- 739 Seminar in American Intellectual History to the Civil War
- 740 Seminar in American Intellectual History Since the Civil War
- 751 Seminar in the Colonial History of Latin America
- 753 Seminar in Mexican History
- 761 Seminar in Modern Middle-Eastern History
- 771 Seminar on the Art and Technique of Biography
- 796 Special Problems Seminar in History
- 797 Special Topics Seminar in History
- 899 Doctoral Dissertation
- A completed Application Form.
- A $75 application fee. This fee cannot be waived or deferred.
- International Student Sponsor Statement is required of all international students.
- One official transcript from all colleges/universities attended, undergraduate and graduate, where (nine) 9 or more credits were taken are required. If they are not mailed directly from the college/university, they should be enclosed in sealed envelopes signed by the college/university. If the official transcripts and/or degree certificate(s) are not in English, notarized English language translations in duplicate must accompany them. Do not list colleges/universities where (eight) 8 or fewer credits were taken.
- Letters of recommendation (academic references) from two (2) professors or instructors who have taught you in courses in the field you are applying to here. After submission of the electronic application, we will send an email to each referee giving them instructions on how to electronically deliver the recommendation to the Graduate School. All recommendations will be considered confidential unless the applicant doesn't waive his/her right of access.
- Scores from the following standard examinations:
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination)-General Test required by nearly all graduate programs - (refer to Degrees and Programs Offered)
- GRE SUBJECT TEST (not a universal requirement-refer to the Programspage for those programs requiring a Subject Test)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)-for graduate applicants to Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, and Sport Management
- English Language Test: Either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)-only the academic version of test is accepted, or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)
- Bauer-Gordon Summer Research Fellowships
- Joyce A. Berkman Endowed Fund in Women's History and Women's Studies
- Jumpstart Grants for Dissertation Research
- Hyde Intern Scholarships
- Ermonian Prize
- Conference Travel Funds