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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

History (HTY)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 54.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 42

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
History Department (HTY)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC106
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Julie Langford
Phone: 813-974-3249


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

Our Ph.D. program features an innovative model of doctoral education designed to insure broad interdisciplinary connection with related disciplines. Areas of specialization cover a number of fields, including Colonial through Modern US; the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Worlds; Modern Europe; and Latin America. Students may choose a thematic approach, however, including topics such as race, gender, empire. Our Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary and all students are required to take courses with the Sociology and Government and International Affairs departments. Students may choose between a traditional academic track, or an interdisciplinary one that includes public history and/or digital humanities methodologies.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
The minimum requirements for consideration for admission to the Ph.D. program in history include:

  • Graduate Coursework and Grade Point Average: Applicants must have completed at least 18 hours of graduate credit before entering the PhD program and should have earned at least a 3.50 in their history courses as demonstrated by official transcripts.
  • GRE Scores of at least 160 (85th percentile) Verbal, 144 (18th percentile) Quantitative, and 4.5 (80th percentile) in writing. Only current scores within the last 5 years will be accepted.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicant must solicit t hree l etters of r ecommendation on his/her behalf . These letters should come from academic sources familiar with the quality of the applicants scholarly work and indicate his/her doctoral program potential. The online application must be completed before the system will send requests to submit to recommenders.
  • Statement of Purpose: The applicant must submit a statement that indicates his/her historical and intellectual areas of interest, outline proposed fields of study, educational and professional goals, names the faculty with whom the applicant is potentially interested in working , and explains why the applicant sees him/herself as a good fit with our program.  
  • Sample of Writing: Applicants must submit a sample of written work that indicates the applicants ability to conduct primary source based research and to write effectively . The sample may include a publication, seminar paper, or a thesis chapter but ought not be longer than 30 pages.
  • Language: Applicants will provide evidence of proficiency in the foreign language(s) of their primary field of study.

Students Advancing directly into the Doctoral Program from the Masters Degree Program
After completing a minimum of 18 graduate hours, an admitted MA student may apply for the doctoral program with the consent of his/her major professor (must be the major professor and not simply the initial advisor).  The standard University application process and fees apply. When the student applies to the Ph.D. program, the application is then reviewed by the Graduate Committee via the established application process, and recommendations are made regarding admission to the program and funding.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 72 post-baccalaureate (42 hours post-masters)
Core Requirements 6 hours
Major and Minor Fields 15 hours
Capstone 3 hours
Dissertation 18 hours

Plan of Study
In addition to the general requirements of the University as explained in the USF Graduate Catalog, a candidate is required to complete a total of 72 post-baccalaureate credit hours. The following distribution assumes that the applicant has already earned an MA or completed 30 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework. Adjustments will be made for MA students who have not yet finished their degrees.

Core Requirements
HIS 7937 Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Pro-Seminar: 3 hours
This course is as an Introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of this unique Ph.D. program, and will offer new students to the History program the opportunity to engage with their colleagues in Government and International Affairs and Sociology. This Pro-Seminar is organized around one common theme and focuses on the methodologies and theories of these related disciplines to educate students as to the complementary aspects of these fields.

HIS 6112 Analysis of Historical Knowledge: 3 hours
Analysis of Historical Knowledge examines both the theories behind and the practical
methodological approaches in historical research. If a student has satisfactorily completed HIS 6112 Analysis of Historical Knowledge before admission into the PhD program, it will be waived. If the student has taken a similar course elsewhere, this requirement may be waived subject to the approval of the Graduate Director.

Major and Minor Field Studies - 15 hours
Students will complete at least five courses devoted to their major and minor fields of study. A student must have a minimum of 6 History credit hours in her major historical field and 3 in her minor. The remaining 3-6 hours may be filled by either by the HIS 7289 Seminar in Comparative Studies course or with 6000 or 7000 level courses from outside the Department, or by a combination of these courses. The electives must be selected in consultation with the student’s Major Professor and approved by the Graduate Director.

Major Field Studies: Any TWO OR THREE of the following variable topic courses that pertain to the student’s major
HIS 6925 Colloquium in History: 3 hours
HIS 6935 Graduate Reading Seminar in History: 3 hours
HIS 6939 Seminar in History: 3 hours
HIS 7939 Selected Topics for Doctoral Students: 3 hours

Minor Field Studies: Any ONE OR TWO of the following variable topic courses that pertain to the student’s minor:
HIS 6925 Colloquium in History: 3 hours
HIS 6935 Graduate Reading Seminar in History: 3 hours
HIS 6939 Seminar in History: 3 hours
HIS 7939 Selected Topics for Doctoral Students: 3 hours

Electives: ONE OR TWO of the following. The interdisciplinary elective must in some way pertain to the student’s major or minor field:

XXX XXXX Graduate level elective: 3 hours
This course must not be offered by History department and should be selected in conjunction with Major Professor and approved by the Graduate Director

HIS 7289 Seminar in Comparative Studies: 3 hours
This course compares issues such as globalization, imperialism, identity, urbanization, etc. as expressed through a range of historical period and regions.

Capstone Seminar
HIS7938 Ph.D. Capstone Seminar: 3 hours
Students in this course will develop their dissertation prospectus in consultation with their Major Professor. History, Government and International Affairs and Sociology faculty members will take turns teaching the course each year.

Language Requirement for Ph.D. Students
Students must demonstrate proficiency in their primary language of research by the end of the first year of study. In fields where more than one language is required, students must complete their language exams before they can take the comprehensive exam. Language requirements must be fulfilled before students can progress to the dissertation stage. Written examinations to test a student’s language proficiency will be administered through the USF Dept. of World Languages in conjunction with the student’s Major Advisor. The precise format of the exam and the level of language competency needed to pass will be determined in each case by the student’s advisor.

Field - Language (s) Required
Ancient: Classical Greek, Classical Latin, French, and German
Byzantine: Byzantine Greek, Latin, French, and German
Early Modern Europe:Primary European language of research plus one additional European language (Latin may be required in some cases)
Modern Europe: Primary European language of research plus on additional European languages
Latin America:Spanish and Portuguese
Medieval Europe:Medieval Latin, plus two additional European languages
Middle East: Primary Middle Eastern language of research plus one additional language
United States: Foreign language most pertinent to research agenda

Students with a major field in American History and with a thesis topic that does not require use of a foreign language may substitute quantitative methods for the language requirements. The quantitative methods option will be fulfilled by successful completion with a grade of at least “B” in one of the following courses:
ANG 5486     Quantitative Methods in Anthropology       3
EDF 6407      Statistical Analysis in Educational Research      4
POS 6736      Political Research Methods       3
MAT 5932     Selected Topics       3

Comprehensive Exam

  • Before taking comprehensive exams, student must have completed a majority of their coursework.
  • Exams will be conducted by the student’s Supervisory Committee. The oral exams shall be taken within one week after the written exams have been completed. Exams may be retaken once if necessary.

Dissertation Proposal
Students must complete an oral dissertation defense with the members of the dissertation committee. Dissertation committees must be composed of a minimum of four faculty members, one of whom may be drawn from an academic institution other than USF. Faculty from fields other than History may serve on dissertation committees upon approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Dissertation Writing Hours - 18 hours
HIS 7980      18      Dissertation: Doctoral (1-9)
These hours are intended to give students the opportunity to work closely with their dissertation committee and focus on research, writing, and revision.

All requirements must be completed within the university-mandated time frame after admission to the Ph.D. program.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

HIS6112, INR6036, CPO6036, INR5012, PAD6041, CPO6XXX, ANG6197, ANG6447, ANG6469, ANG6465, ANG6315, ANG7709, ANG5937, ANG6448, SYA7475, SYO7420, SYD7237, SYP7111, SYG7209, SYA7930, SYD7505, SYO7435, SYD6225, SYA6008, SYP6425, SYP6425, SYP6425, SYD6706,