Ph.D. Recommended Timeline

First Year  (18-21 hours)

1st Semester (9 hours)

HIS 5370: Craft of Research

HIS 53--: American History Seminar

HIS 53--: European History Seminar

HIS 5348/5338: if needed

2nd Semester (9 hours)

HIS  53--: Research & Writing

HIS 53--: Global History Seminar

HIS 53--: American/European History Seminar

HIS 53--: Theory/Method Seminar

Summer (3 hrs)

Language 

Professional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milestones:

  • Identify and advisor and inform the Graduate Director by Feb. 15
  • Submit Report Progress (18-hour review with advisor)
  • Begin to identify potential comprehensive exam fields
    • Comps readings is done mostly during the summers and through reading courses; the sooner comps decisions can be made, the sooner the lists can be compiled and reading begun

Second Year  (18-21 hours; including 6 hours of prelim reading)

3rd Semester (9 hours)

HIS 53--: American/European Seminar

HIS or Outside COMP field

HIS 5388/48: Independent Reading Seminar w/ advisor or outside dept.

4th Semester (9 hours)

HIS 53--: American/European Seminar

HIS or Outside COMP field

HIS 5388/48: Independent Reading/ Seminar/ Outside course/Theory/Method

HIS 53--: Global History Seminar

Summer (3)

Professional

HIS 6v85 (1-2)                    

Milestones:

  • Identify comprehensive exam fields and examiners and inform the Graduate Program Director by February 15.
  • Submit Report Progress (36-hour review with advisor)
  • Fulfill language requirement
  • HIS 6v85 can be taken in the summer and/or Fall semester of 3rd year
  • Recommended that 2-3 courses (reading, outside, or regular) be taken with comps readings in mind; ideally courses that will begin comps reading lists

Third Year (dissertation hours)

5th Semester

HIS 6v99 (if passed comps)

or HIS 6v85 (prelim reading if comps scheduled in Sept./Oct.)

Comprehensive Exams (Aug.-Oct.)

Comprehensive Oral Exam

Candidacy Achieved

Prospectus presented and accepted

6th Semester

HIS 6v99

Dissertation / Grant Writing

Summer

Professional

HIS 6v99

Graduate WKSP

Milestones:

  • Successful completion of comprehensive exams & oral exam
  • Prospectus completed, presented, and accepted
  • Candidacy achieved

Fourth/Fifth Year (dissertation hours)

7th/9th Semester               

HIS 6v99 Dissertation

*Teach course 

8th/10th Semester

HIS 6v99 Dissertation

*Teach course

Defend Dissertation in March for May graduation, complete Ph.D. degree

Summer

Professional

Milestones:

  • Verify all semester deadlines on the Graduate School Calendar
  • File for graduation and complete Exit Survey
  • Plan defense with your director (allow 2-3 weeks between submitting dissertation to committee and the defense)
  • Attend dissertation/thesis workshop with the Graduate School
  • Format your dissertation according to the guidelines before your preliminary review
  • Schedule your preliminary review of your completed dissertation with Mrs. Sandra Harman at the Graduate School at least 2 weeks prior to your defense. Follow the Preliminary Review Instructions to schedule your review and submit the required documents. Be sure to submit your signature page, as this needs to be checked before your defense. Also, bring the following items to your review:
  • ​​​​Submit the Announcement of Doctoral Oral Examination to the Graduate School at least 10 days prior to your defense.
  • Bring these forms to your defense:
  • Defend your dissertation (by March for May graduation)
  • Within 10 days after your defense, complete a final review. Follow the Final Review Instructions to submit the required documents, which include your Final Checklist, Approval of Final Dissertation/Thesis Copy form, signature pages, Copyright and Availability form, and your dissertation.
  • You will also need to turn in these documents to the Graduate School:
  • Mrs. Sandra Harman will notify you that you are clear to submit to Beardocs. Please follow these instructions.