The purpose of the history program is to develop historians who possess both intellectual range and specialized competence. Instruction is in small classes by the seminar method or some appropriate modification of this approach. Faculty advisers for individual guidance and direction are available throughout the entire period of enrollment. The department offers many opportunities for students to gain experience as teaching assistants during the latter part of their degree program.
The Department of History offers two graduate programs, one in History and one in History of Science and Medicine. General requirements for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, and Master of Arts can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. The special requirements of the history programs are listed in the links to the left.