The History Department at Notre Dame offers Ph.D. training in four fields: the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the medieval world. Our students develop skills in research, writing, and teaching that will prepare them for a variety of roles in academic settings. Most students who receive doctorates in the program go on to teach at colleges and universities. Our program aims to deepen students’ scholarship within their major field of study while pushing them to understand the study of history as a comprehensive endeavor that may cross disciplinary boundaries.
Each year we admit 10-14 students out of a large and highly competitive pool of applicants, and a few more join us through associated programs with Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. It is the department’s goal for students to complete the PhD within five years of full-time study. All of our students receive financial support for that period.
Recent graduates are employed as faculty in major private research universities, such as the University of Chicago, in state universities, such as the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and the University of Alabama, in liberal arts colleges, such as Haverford College, and in church affiliated schools, such as Seton Hall, Calvin College, and Baylor University. Our students publish in academic journals in their fields, win major research fellowships and dissertation prizes, and publish books with university presses.
Director of Graduate Studies:
Professor Jon Coleman
Director of Graduate Studies
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Phone: (574) 631-5905