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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

History - PHD

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Degree Title and Name:  Doctor of Philosophy in History

Program Name and Number:  History – PH4215

Department/Unit:  History

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall

Program mission:  The Ph. D. program in History  aims to develop professional historians with particular expertise in contemporary history. This emphasis gives it a distinctive identity.  By agreement with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, students are required to write their dissertations within the framework of contemporary history, which is defined by chronology as the period since 1918 (or the end of World War I). Ph. D. students in History concentrate in one of three broadly defined geographical areas, each of which is in turn divided into different national and thematic fields (including cultural and intellectual history, international relations and military history, politics and policy history, and women’s and gender history). 

This degree program normally requires 5-6 years to complete.


  • Contemporary United States
  • Modern Europe
  • Non-Western World since 1918

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Expert mastery of a concentrated body of historical knowledge and historiography
  • Expert mastery of historical research techniques
  • Development of professional-level writing (for publication)

Opportunities for Graduates:  The Ph. D. program in History  prepares students for teaching and research at the college level, research positions in government or private organizations, and a variety of other careers.

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Graduation Requirements:  

  • 56 total semester hours of courses (exclusive of dissertation hours)
  • Three fields of specialization within history (at least two from the same concentration, above)
  • At least two courses in an area cognate to history OR Contemporary History 6020 and 6030
  • Comprehensive Exam (including written and oral portions)
  • Dissertation
  • Oral Defense of Dissertation

Culminating Experience: Students will write a Comprehensive Exam and complete a Dissertation

Admission Requirements:

  • GRE scores
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • TOEFL of 110+ (for non-native English speakers)

International Students:  This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

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