Compiled by Prof. Pat Cohen
UCSB History Department
Oct. 28, 2008
- American Historical Association (AHA)
website, in particular:
for History Graduate Students" index page; especially the first
"Graduate School from Start to Finish."
Some valuable AHA resources not included on that page:
AHA pamphlet by Peter N. Stearns--clear, systematic & down to earth.
Doctoral Programs in the United States and Canada" (search criteria
at upper right)
Database with information about all grad schools in History (UCSB History's profile), including:
-number of graduate students in progress
-size of the most recent entering class
-how many full, associate, assistant professors
-list of dissertations granted since 1990 (link in box on right)
-list of dissertations in progress (link in box on right)
(Note: PhDs.org's database for history programs is similar, and has rankings based on 1995 data.)
- AHA monthy newsletter
often has interesting short articles of interest to potential graduate students, for example:
and drop-out rates in PhD programs (shows how selective and supportive
grad programs are)
Dec. 2006 article by Robert Townsend: "What do we know about History PhDs?"
graph: How many History PhDs vs. how many jobs
Jan. 2008 article by Robert Townsend: "Number of History PhDs Rising Again, but Job Openings Keep Pace"
- Additional Perspectives articles are highlighted on the AHA's "Graduate School from Start to Finish" page.
- Enrollment and drop-out rates in PhD programs (shows how selective and supportive grad programs are)
the best history departments train historians
An AHA report based on a 2001 survey of departments as well as several forums, also published in book form as The Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century (2004).
- "Resources for History Graduate Students" index page; especially the first link/page:
- About.com's Grad School site
A nuts and bolts site about applying to grad school