Ph.D. in History
Ph.D. students in History at WVU create a curriculum in consultation with faculty advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies in four fields: one major field and three minor fields (one of which must be outside of the student’s area of research concentration). In addition to these areas, the Department of History encourages doctoral research that is transnational and comparative in perspective. For more information, view the program of study .
The major field is designed to be both the student’s primary research and teaching
field. The major field of study is chosen by the student in conjunction with their
main faculty advisor, who agrees to oversee the preparation and examination in
that field. The field should be based on the student’s dissertation interest, but
the student should also acquire a broad understanding of the historiography related
to that research area.
Minor fields are designed primarily to provide students with sufficient preparation in that field for teaching at the college or university levels. Each field of study is chosen by the student in conjunction with a faculty advisor who agrees to oversee the preparation and examination in that field. No faculty member may oversee more than one field.
Currently, students most often take major or minor fields of study in the following areas. Please note that students may (in consultation with their main faculty advisor and with the approval of the director of graduate studies) choose to take major or minor fields of study in areas other than those listed below:
British Imperial History
East African History
- West African History
Britain/British Imperial History
Central European History
Early Modern History
Eastern European History
- Western European History
Latin American/Caribbean History
U.S. – Latin American Relations
Appalachian/West Virginia Regional History
Colonial American History to 1787
Social History of U. S.
U.S. Diplomatic History
U.S. History 1787-1850
U.S. History 1840-1898
- U.S. History 1898 to Present
In addition, students may currently elect to take minor fields only in the following areas:
East Asian History
World History – Ph.D. students may choose to take three courses for the World
History minor field, one of which must be the World Readings Course at the
700 level. Courses must be approved by the World History Coordinator. Oral
comprehensive examination is required, but there is no written examination.