The Department of History prides itself upon its friendly atmosphere of close interaction between students and faculty.

As a small department, we place a great premium on the careful supervision of our students. The department offers both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields in which we have particularly rich faculty and scholarly resources.

Graduate education in the department combines the development of research and teaching skills.  Our emphasis throughout the programs is upon acquiring substantive historical knowledge and understanding of historiography, critical analysis of information, and communicating research and arguments.  The department's graduate students are a collaborative, congenial group, who take advantage of a range of co-curricular opportunities including writing and dissertation proposal workshops, professional development workshops, and colloquium series.

The department offers an M.A. degree in the following fields: American history, early modern and modern European history, and medieval European history (with comparative attention to the pre-modern Islamic world). We also offer an M.A. program in Late Medieval and Early Modern Religion and Society, drawing on the particularly rich resources for the study of religious history available in the Department and the University more broadly. We also offer joint M.A. programs with the Department of Library and Information Science (M.A./M.S.L.I.S.), with the Department of Education (M.A./M.A.), and with the Columbus School of Law (M.A./J.D.).

On the Ph.D. level, we offer degrees in American history, early modern European history, modern European history, and (a particular strength) medieval European history.