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Doctor of Philosophy in History or Public History
The Department of History offers comprehensive programs in United States, Public, Modern European, Transnational Urban, and Medieval and Renaissance histories. As one of the first departments in the nation to offer master’s and doctoral degrees in Public History, we strive to meet the needs of today’s students. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching and Public History, but they also have transferable skills that make them excellent candidates for careers in business, government, and cultural institutions.
The doctoral program in history is a 60-hour program that culminates in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Students can enter the program in two ways:
(1) Most students enter holding a Master's degree. Usually, the PhD degree is a 30-hour program beyond the MA, but the exact hourly requirement beyond the MA will be determined by the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate School.
(2) Students who have compiled an outstanding record in an undergraduate history major may enter the Accelerated PhD Program directly from their undergraduate program. Admission with a bachelor degree only is highly selective and limited to a few undergraduates each year. Students are chosen on the basis of our regular criteria (GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, writing sample and personal statement).
Upon completion of the PhD in History, graduates will be able to:
Joint PhD Program in American History/Public History
Building on Loyola's already strong Master's in Public History program, this 60-hour degree program provides the opportunity for students to compete for positions calling for a doctorate, such as teaching public history at the university level, curating or administrating at governmental institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution or the National Park Service, or serving as a principal in a consulting firm. In essence, this program is similar to the standard American history PhD program but requires a double major in American History and Public History instead of a major field in American History and two minor fields. Students will leave Loyola with a firm grounding in American history as well as in the skills and theory of public history and its practice. Loyola is one of the few universities to offer a public history degree at the doctoral level and hopes to continue to attract strong non-traditional students already working in the public history profession as well as students interested in history at the doctoral level.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
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