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History (Ph.D.)


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Building Society’s Knowledge of the Past

The Ph.D. program in History offers two areas of study: Historical Archeology and History.

The Historical Archaeology focus area is a collaborative degree offered between the History and Anthropology programs. Students focusing on this field are expected to have already received an M.A. in anthropology or a closely related field — such as history — in addition to demonstrating a background in archaeological training. Students in the program will choose a main advisor from the Department of Culture, Society and Justice but will work with faculty in both CSJ and the History Department. The Historical Archaeology Ph.D. program will provide students with well-rounded training for employment in academia, cultural resources management, or federal or state archaeology programs.

Coursework for the Historical Archaeology program includes classes on Materiality & Human Cultures and Archaeological History, Ethics and Theory, alongside Anthropology and History graduate courses. Students are expected to have completed an archaeological field school or similar field work training prior to starting the program.

To advance to candidacy, students must prepare, defend and submit an external grant proposal and present original research at a regional or national conference followed by the submission of their work for publication. Candidacy is not contingent on the success of either the grant or publication submissions.

Currently, the History field focuses on American, Pre-Modern Europe or Latin American history with thematic emphasis in visual and material culture, gender and sexuality studies, critical race studies, legal history, cultural history and public history. Students applying to the program must have completed an M.A. in History or a related field. Students work closely with their major professors to create a course of study that helps students develop research skills, deepen content knowledge, gain familiarity with diverse historiographies, and communicate their ideas effectively.

Coursework includes a mix of historiographical colloquiums and research seminars, alongside more content-based directed studies with major professors.

To advance to candidacy, students must pass three examinations focused on two geographical and one thematic field of study, as well as defend a dissertation proposal.

Please find detailed information about preparation, application, course of study and dissertation requirements in our Graduate Student Handbook.

Fast Facts

  • Study with faculty members from both the history and anthropology departments
  • Utilize the Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology
  • Close interaction with faculty who have a wide range of expertise
  • TA positions, scholarships and internships available
  • Work with the McClure Center curating exhibits with the McClure in History Fellowship


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: 208-885-6253

Fax: 208-885-5221


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