The History Department considers both breadth and depth to be key components of advanced study. The Department also takes seriously its commitment to training historians who will be active in public life in a number of capacities. Because of this, the graduate program organizes its offerings along both thematic and geographical lines.
While concentrating on the history of one geographic area, students study intensively in one of a number of major thematic fields (Public Policy history; International, Global and Comparative history; Cultural history; Social and Economic history; Gender history). Within these, current areas of strength include the U.S. and the world in the twentieth century, global religions, imperialism, public history, environmental history, public policy, and business history. We train students who want to study the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Imperial and Soviet Russia, and modern Asia.