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The University of Notre Dame Graduate Program in History combines innovative approaches to the study of the past with a steadfast commitment to slow information: facts in context, fine-grained detail, archival research, and long-form communication pitched both to academic and popular audiences.

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With over 40 full-time faculty members, the Department of History strives to be one of the preeminent humanities departments in the United States. We are large enough to cover nearly every region of the world and period of time, and we are intimate enough to sustain close contact between faculty and students at all levels.

Our graduate alumni are active in a variety of exciting careers. Academic appointments include tenure-track positions at the University of Alabama, Baylor University, Valparaiso University, and Catholic University of America. Other graduates have gone on to administrative positions at the University of Chicago, Villanova University, Oklahoma State, and the University of Illinois. Non-academic careers include work in archives, museum curation, public history, and private industry.

For more information, please explore this website, review the Graduate Studies Guide, and contact us any time at or (574) 631-0364.

Prof. Alexander Martin
Director of Graduate Studies

University of Notre Dame Ph.D. in History


“I've met some of the most interesting people I know here. It's just unlike anything I've ever done in my life. We're right next door to the Vatican Library, right down the road from many of the best libraries in Italy."

Adam Foley, Ph.D. candidate and Rome Prize Fellow