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School of Humanities
UC Irvine Graduate Division
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697
History - PhD
UC Irvine's Department of History offers a course of study leading to the PhD in History. The PhD Program in History combines a distinctive approach to graduate study. The program is designed to provide students with both advanced historical skills and a rigorous grounding in historical theory. We believe that the best historical research involves the self-conscious use of theory to pose significant questions and to answer them in sophisticated ways. This combination of theoretical study with training in historical method reflects the Department’s conviction that scholars should be encouraged to deal with significant questions about the past and to approach these questions in a methodologically sophisticated way. The Department is small enough to offer close attention to students’ specific needs but large enough to function as an intellectual research community.
We are a disparate group united by our deep curiosity and the desire to try out new ways of thinking and new forms of evidence. We agree with William Faulkner who said: “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” We are caught in a web of past experiences, ideas and lessons that direct our actions every day. Many things we take for granted have interesting histories; indeed, history provides us with cautionary tales of what to avoid and hope for future improvement. Studying history helps us to be critical and understanding.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans
Locale: Midsize City