History Ph.D. Program
The Department of History offers a 64-hour doctoral program for those admitted with an MA degree and a 96-hour doctoral program for those students admitted with the BA degree. During the 96-hour doctoral program, students will earn their MA degree. All graduate students select their primary field of study, a minor field within the discipline of history, and an “outside field” offered by another department at TAMU. Please consult the Graduate Program Brochure for a full explanation of all policies and requirements of the program.
The 64-hour PhD in History requires a mix of 30-46 credit hours of coursework and 18-34 credit hours of research to reach the total hour requirement of 64. The required 30 hours of coursework includes 6 semester hours in a minor field outside the department, 6 hours in a minor history field, and 18 hours in a major history field. Additionally, students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of research. The remaining hours may be applied either as coursework or as research hours; most doctoral students use those hours for research (History 691). Doctoral students are required to possess reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages, depending on their field of study, prior to taking their preliminary examinations. See Language Requirements for more detail.
The student enters candidacy for the degree upon completing coursework, fulfilling language requirements, meeting the residency requirement, passing the preliminary examinations (written and oral exams administered by the committee), and filing an approved dissertation proposal. The dissertation must reflect original, independent research and have scholarly merit.