Jul 19, 2018  
2015 - 2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015 - 2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Department



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The History Program

The History Department offers a Doctoral program and a Master's program.

The Doctoral program is for students wishing to earn both an M.A. and Ph.D. at William & Mary. Students will receive instruction in teaching techniques and have opportunities to serve as Teaching Assistants and to teach their own courses under the supervision of faculty. Ph.D. students receive full funding (tuition, fees, and stipend) for six years.

 The Master's program is a small and intensive program where students earn their M.A. in one year. Applicants to the M.A. program may apply for apprenticeships in archives and manuscript collections, editing scholarly books and William and Mary Quarterly articles, and humanities computing. Students chosen to serve as apprentices receive a small stipend.


A required supplemental application is available on the department's web page at www.wm.edu/history. Applicants must submit official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and official copies of scores from the Graduate Record Examination. A writing sample is required. A separate application is not necessary for financial aid. For full consideration, completed applications must be postmarked by December 5, 2015. for the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Minimum requirements for admission include an overall academic average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and the completion of 24 semester hours of work in history. Additional hours in history and course work in a foreign or classical language are highly recommended.

Part-time students are not eligible for financial support.

Programs and Course Descriptions




    Description of Courses

    Courses listed in this catalog are not offered every academic year.

    Unless otherwise noted, all courses are graded using standard grading [A, B, C, D, F] scheme (See Grading and Academic Progress in the section entitled 'Graduate Regulations') and may not be repeated for credit (See Repeated Courses requirements in the section entitled 'Graduate Regulations').

    See the Open Course List to search for open seats in a term.