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The Notre Dame History Graduate Program 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 to both academic and popular audiences.

With over 40 faculty members, the history department 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. 

Each year we admit 9 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. Students who complete the PhD in five years are eligible for the College of Arts and Letters 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Recent graduates are employed in a variety of academic and non-academic careers. Our academic placements include tenure track positions at University of Alabama, Baylor University, Valparaiso University, and Catholic University of America. Our students have gone on to administrative positions at the University of Chicago, Villanova University, and Oklahoma State. Our students have also enjoyed success in careers in archives, public history, and private industry. 

Director of Graduate Studies:

Professor Jaime Pensado
Director of Graduate Studies
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Phone: (574) 631-5905
Email: histdgs@nd.edu

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