For the M.A.

Learning Outcome #1. Construct syntheses of factual and historiographical information in two distinct fields of history

The measure used is the comprehensive examination—an eight-hour written examination, with six hours devoted to the student’s major field and two hours to a minor field

Learning Outcome # 2. Use historical research tools and methods to write article-length papers on original, historical topics

The measure used was the final M.A. Essay, usually a revised and expanded seminar paper evaluated by the faculty adviser with the DGS using the rubric developed by the graduate faculty

For the Ph.D.

Learning Outcome #1. Comprehend the content, literature, and methodologies of four distinct fields of history

The measure used was the Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) in four fields—twelve hours of written exams and a three-hour oral exam

Learning Outcome #2. Complete a book-length work on an original historical topic

The measure is a defense of dissertation that meets department and professional standards for research, argument, and writing

Learning Outcome #3: Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English in order to do research in non-American, non-British topics (where appropriate)

A language exam dealing with translating sources is arranged by the doctoral candidate’s director in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies


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