Drew University

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

M.A./Ph.D. in History and Culture


36 Madison Ave

Madison, NJ 07940

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in History and Culture, Ph.D. in History and Culture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

History & Culture aims to prepare the next generation of historians for careers inside and outside of academia. The program’s curriculum balances rigorous, traditional academic training with internships and experience in the public and private sectors throughout the greater New York City area. History faculty mentor their advisees through advanced historical research that prepares students to publish for and communicate with all audiences--academic and the general public. Program offerings specialize in 19th and 20th century American and European history.

Program Information:

Master of Arts in History and Culture (27 credits) consists of 9 courses including the Foundation Seminar and final Research Tutorial. In lieu of a traditional master’s thesis students complete a publishable research paper. The master’s degree is designed to be completed in as little as three semesters.

Doctor of Philosophy in History and Culture (45 credits) consists  12 courses (36 credits), a student portfolio, and a dissertation. PhD students will receive an MA when they satisfactorily complete the Research Tutorial and 8 other courses. The doctoral degree is designed to be completed in as little as 4 years.


Book History/Print Culture

Gender and Sexuality

Intellectual & Cultural History

  • American
  • British
  • European
  • French

Irish and Irish-American Studies

Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Literary and Artistic Modernism

Memory Studies

Required Courses

  • HC 800 - Foundations Seminar
    • This seminar introduces students to the history, methods, and philosophy of the historical discipline
  • Two extra-disciplinary courses
    • This interdisciplinary requirement compels History & Culture students to take courses from faculty trained outside of the historical discipline.
  • HC 990 - Research Tutorial
    • This tutorial allows students to work with a faculty advisor to research and write a publishable piece of scholarship.
  • HC 806- Writing as a Public Intellectual
    • This writing workshop introduces advanced Ph.D. students to the practice of writing for the larger public, that is, for intellectually and culturally engaged readers of non-academic print and online media. The goal of the workshop is for each student to learn how to modulate the discursive practices of academic writing into the substantial but accessible writing of a genuinely public intellectual. (Mandatory for PhD students only)

Doctoral Requirements

Foreign Languages

PhD students specializing in Continental Europe must pass an examination in one foreign language. Normally the language will be French, German, or Spanish, but another language may be substituted if it is deemed useful to the student’s research. Foreign language examinations are not required for MA students or for PhD students specializing in the United States, Britain, or Ireland.

Student Portfolios

Each PhD student must, in the third academic year, demonstrate his/her preparation as a teacher and scholar by satisfactorily completing a portfolio which will consist of the following:

  • Three capstone essays
  • A public lecture
  • Two book reviews
  • Two course syllabi
  • An essay on an academic topic addressed to a nonacademic audience
  • A dissertation prospectus


In each of the capstone essays, the student will master, summarize, and criticize a body of historical literature.  The essays should address the following three fields:

Field 1: Intellectual and cultural history.

Field 2: A specialized field in history other than intellectual/cultural history. Examples include political history, diplomatic history, disability history, social history, or any other subfield supported by the teaching and research expertise of the History and Culture faculty.

Field 3: An interdisciplinary field that explores the intersections between history and another discipline, such as literary studies, classics, anthropology, political science, sociology, art history, or economics.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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