Welcome to the Graduate Program in History at the University of Delaware!
The Department of History trains students to be professional historians in a range of careers. Students in our graduate program receive mentoring from a faculty that includes specialists in the history of the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Our curriculum emphasizes the building blocks of historical methods, including historiography, archival research, and critical thinking. Students use written archives, visual sources, oral history, and material culture to explore the past from a variety of perspectives. Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates are employed in colleges and universities, secondary schools, and museums and other public humanities institutions.
We offer several interdisciplinary programs:
- the Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization (in cooperation with the Winterthur Museum);
- the Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture (M.A. and Ph.D. programs, in conjunction with the Hagley Museum and Library);
- and the University’s African American Public Humanities Initiative, a Ph.D. program integrating the disciplines of History, English, Art History, and Africana Studies.
Many of our students combine their historical training with one of our certificate programs:
- The Museum Studies certificate provides hands-on knowledge of public history and public-serving historical and cultural institutions.
- Students in the M.A. program may also pursue a certificate in secondary social studies education, which will allow them to teach middle school or high school social studies; for more details, contact the program coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who pursue their graduate training in History at the University of Delaware have access to a wealth of additional resources. In addition to serving as teaching assistants, we sponsor numerous graduate assistantships at area cultural institutions and at partnering offices on campus, including the Winterthur Museum, the Hagley Library, the Delaware Historical Society, the Nemours House and Gardens, and the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. Many of our graduate students participate in the collaborative team that produces the award-winning Colored Conventions Project, a digital archive and resource about African American political organizing in the nineteenth century. The department maintains close ties with the University’s Center for American Material Culture, which hosts interdisciplinary conferences and supports student research.
The History Department is committed to maintaining a small, highly selective graduate program to ensure that our students receive rigorous training as scholars, teachers, and museum/historical society professionals. Graduate students develop close working relationships with faculty and fellow students, and they compete successfully for jobs. We provide highly competitive funding packages with up to five years of funding (tuition waiver plus stipend) to our Ph.D. students and two years of funding (tuition waiver plus stipend) to nearly all of our M.A. students. (Please see Financial Aid & Awards for details.) We offer numerous awards for excellence in scholarship and teaching, as well as generous summer stipends.
The application deadline for all programs is January 5th. Apply online through our Graduate Studies Office online application Slate system.