History

Department Head

Professor Shirley A. Roe

Professors

Azimi, Baldwin, Buckley, Clark, Costigliola, Davis, Dudden, Goodheart, Gross, Ogbar, Olson, Roe, Shoemaker, and Silvestrini

Associate Professor

Blatt, Caner, Canning, Cobb, Cygan, Dayton, Dintenfass, Gilligan, Gouwens, Healey, Kane, Lansing, McElya, McKenzie, Meyer, Omara-Otunnu, Overmyer-Velázquez, Pappademos, Rozwadowski, Schafer, Simpson, Vernal, Wang, Watson, and Woodward

Assistant Professors

Blumenthal, Canedo, Chang, Salazar-Rey

The University of Connecticut offers both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in history. Small seminars comprise the bulk of course work in both M.A. and Ph.D. programs to provide maximum interaction between faculty and students. Students may also design special courses with individual professors and take a limited number of advanced undergraduate courses.

Admission to the M.A. and Ph.D. Program

Applicants for admission and financial aid are required to submit a personal statement concerning their intellectual interests and plans as well as their qualifications for the degree, an example of written work (preferably from a history course) demonstrating their analytic skills with both primary and secondary sources, and three letters of recommendation from college instructors. Graduate Record Exam (G.R.E.) scores on the aptitude tests are also required. Applications for fall admission must be received by January 1. Applications for spring admission are considered only under exceptional circumstances, and financial aid is generally not available. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more information about spring admission.

The University of Connecticut offers Predoctoral Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships (which include tuition waivers) each semester. Aid is not normally available for master’s students. Aid for doctoral students is usually renewable for between eight and twelve semesters. All awards are made on the basis of academic merit.

In addition to the more detailed information on the History Department website, all potential applicants should consult the Graduate School’s website or write to the Graduate Admissions Office, U-1006-B 438 Whitney Road Extension, Storrs, CT 06269-1006.

The M.A. Program

The master’s program is designed to give general training at the graduate level in preparation for doctoral study or work in schools, government service, law, or the private sector; it is broadly concerned with skills development (written and oral) and advanced learning. While the master’s program does prepare students for entry into the doctoral program, it is equally aimed at enhancing the skills and historical perspective of teachers, museum and archive professionals, editors, lawyers, journalists, and others in both the public and private sectors. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 21 credits in history above the freshman level and at least a “B” average in those courses; most successful applicants excelled in their undergraduate history courses. In exceptional cases, students who do not meet minimum requirements may be admitted provisionally and be required to meet certain conditions before receiving regular status.

The Ph.D. Program

The objective of the Doctor of Philosophy degree in History is primarily, though not exclusively, the training of academic scholars for college, university, and government service, with an additional focus on the practices of public history. Through a mixture of seminars, independent study, field examinations, language requirements, and a doctoral dissertation closely supervised by an advisor and faculty advisory committee, students develop the highest level of skills and command of information required for research scholarship and advanced teaching.

The doctorate is offered in Medieval European, Early Modern and Modern European, United States, and Latin American history with supporting areas in the History of Science and in Ancient, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern history. Supporting work in other disciplines is recommended. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient previous coursework in History at either the Bachelors or Masters level. All applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence, ability in writing historical prose, and preparation in a foreign language.

In order to develop teaching skills beyond the level of seminar presentations and oral examinations, Ph.D. students normally work as supervised teaching assistants and/or lecturers for at least one semester. Each fall, a TA training workshop is held prior to the beginning of the term, which is mandatory for all new teaching assistants and strongly encouraged for continuing TAs. In addition, workshops are held throughout each semester; these are led by talented instructors and provide a forum for exchanging ideas about classroom techniques and issues.

By the time a student completes a Ph.D., he or she will normally have submitted articles for publication, presented papers at scholarly meetings, written grant applications, and engaged actively in teaching.

Further information about specific requirements for both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs can be found on the department website, www.history.uconn.edu.

Special Facilities

The Homer Babbidge Library has in the past few years greatly expanded its materials in United States, Latin American, and European history. The Dodd Center, which houses the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Babbidge Library, has extensive holdings. These include the Hispanic History and Culture Collections (with Spanish and Latin American newspapers, and a unique Puerto Rican collection); the Alternate Press Collection, and the Nuremberg Trial papers (within the Thomas J. Dodd papers). The Department also has access to the library and facilities of the Munson Institute for Maritime History at Mystic Seaport. In addition to these resources, several major libraries and archives within a one-hundred-mile radius of the University are accessible for research purposes.

Web Site and E-mail

Web page–www.history.uconn.edu;
e-mail—history@uconn.edu.

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