5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Corcoran Department of History
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Master of Arts   Candidates for the degree of Master of Arts in History are required to pass eight semester courses (24 credits including work in seminars and colloquia) and, for those outside United States history, an oral examination of one hour covering two special fields of history, and write a thesis. Candidates must also meet the foreign language requirement. This is usually done by showing at least two years (or the equivalent) of satisfactory work in a foreign language on the undergraduate transcript. Candidates who cannot do this must pass a proficiency-level language examination.

Doctor of Philosophy   Candidates for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History are required to pass 19 semester courses (57 credits including seminar and colloquium requirements), a set of written exams, and a two and one-half hour general oral examination covering one major field, a special field within the major field, and a special field outside the major field. This examination must be taken after the seminar and colloquium requirement has been met, after the written exams have been passed, and after at least one mastery-level foreign language examination has been passed.

All candidates must demonstrate a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. Reading knowledge of a second foreign language is regularly required in most non-American fields, and a third or even fourth language may be necessary in certain fields.

After submission of the dissertation, a final oral examination is given in which the candidate must defend the dissertation.

All fields of study are chosen in consultation with the major professor. Normally at least 15 credits must be in topical history research seminars and colloquia, including at least two such seminars beyond the required seminar work of the first-year program. Candidates are also required to present six credits in a related field, in a department other than history, selected with the approval of the major professor.

Program in Legal History   The history department, in cooperation with the School of Law, enables students to develop special competency in American legal history and in English legal history. For the M.A. degree students must offer at least one field in legal history in the M.A. oral examination. For the Ph.D. two special fields in legal history are required. A joint committee of the faculty in history and in law administers the program. Admission to the program is through the usual procedures of admission to the Department of History.

Historical Editing   The history department offers courses which enable students to develop competency in historical editing while studying for the M.A. or Ph.D. degree. Application is through the usual procedures toward admission to the Department of History.


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