Ph.D. in History
The Department of History at the University of South Florida offers Ph.D. applicants an enriching program of study, coursework, and directed research. A Ph.D. degree in History can prepare students for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors where research, critical thinking, and writing skills are especially important.
The Ph.D. in History at USF offers three Concentrations (major fields). Students interested in one of these fields should make sure that there is at least one faculty member within the department that would be willing to supervise them in a given major field:
- History of the Americas (including public history, Florida history, Latin-American history, Transatlantic history, LGBTQ+ history, gender and sexuality history, US and the world, immigration history, indigenous/Native American history, US religious history, and environmental history);
- World History to 1500 (including digital and classical archaeology, the ancient Mediterranean, the medieval Mediterranean, medieval British Isles, gender and sexuality history, and the Italian Renaissance);
- World History since 1500 (including comparative empires, Transatlantic history, gender and sexuality history, Irish history, and the Cold War).
These concentrations, along with minor fields in thematic areas such as public history, the digital humanities, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and material culture, correspond with the expertise of our faculty, who aim to provide rigorous training in historical analysis and research to our students.
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Matt King
Graduate Academic Program Specialist: Ruth Borrero
Prospective and current students should refer to the USF Graduate Catalog of the year they entered the program (or the current year for prospective students) for information on admissions requirements, degree requirements, and university policies related to graduate study.
For information on the requirements for each specific History concentration, please refer to the USF History Ph.D. Catalog.
Information about policies and procedures for the PhD program is contained within the History Department PhD Program Manual.
University and department policies and procedures related to diversity, inclusion, sexual harassment, and disability accommodations are included in the History Department Diversity Manual.