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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Contemporary History Certificate

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The Ohio University Contemporary History Institute, created in 1987, offers a unique course of interdisciplinary study, mainly on the graduate level, that trains students to apply historical perspectives in analyzing recent events and contemporary policy issues. The institute is centered in the Department of History, but it also draws faculty and students from the Departments of Economics and Political Science, the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Honors Tutorial College.

The institute does not grant degrees but offers a certificate in contemporary history that serves as an adjunct to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history, the M.A. degrees in economics and political science, the M.S. in journalism, and the Ph.D. in mass communication (journalism sequence). The institute’s certificate also can be earned in connection with a four-year Honors Tutorial College bachelor’s degree in one of the participating departments. Students receive the institute’s certificate after satisfactorily completing a sequence of interdisciplinary seminars and tutorials focusing on methodologies, themes, and issues in contemporary history and writing a thesis or dissertation on some aspect of that subject that meets the requirements of the degree-granting department.


Apply for admission in history, economics, journalism, or political science using the standard application form but indicating contemporary history as the specific area within the graduate major in which you wish to work. If you are an Honors Tutorial College student, apply through your departmental director of tutorial studies.

The Contemporary History Institute admissions committee will evaluate your application only after you have been granted admission to one of the participating departments. All ap­plicants to the institute are considered automatically for fellowships. You may be asked to provide additional supporting material.

Admission to the Contemporary History Institute is granted only for classes beginning in the fall quarter of each academic year. Applications for fall must be received by February 1.


  1. You must formally enroll in an existing M.A. program in the Department of History, Economics, or Political Science; the M.S. program in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism; or the Ph.D. program in history or mass communication (journalism sequence). Fourth-year Ohio University Honors Tutorial College students majoring in participating departments also are eligible. Upon completing all requirements in one of those programs, you will receive the appropriate degree.
  2. Within your degree-granting department, you must concentrate no less than half the required coursework in courses that deal in a substantial way with the post-1945 period.
  3. You must complete the sequence of courses listed below.

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