World History

World History has become a core offering in universities and colleges across the United States and increasingly in other parts of the world as well. We seek to prepare students to teach the perspective of the world. The hallmarks of the field are interregional connection and comparison, multiple points of view, and a balancing between victors’ and victims’ narratives of major human encounters. Our program especially focuses on the history of race and migration, empires and borderlands, gender, sexuality and family systems, religion, science, foods and commodities, public memory, and capitalism and its discontents.

Core Courses

Most graduate students take World History as a third field, but some take it as a second or dissertation field. The usual basic course is History 200WD, a seminar in World Historical Literature. We also offer a variety of specialized reading and research seminars. Students usually also take two courses, at least one seminar and either a second seminar or an individual readings course with a faculty member, to prepare for a PhD qualifying exam in World History.


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