At the University of Colorado at Boulder History graduate students are trained in the central principles and research methods that characterize the discipline of History through class instruction and professional development seminars. They also gain a thorough grounding in their particular area of study as well as an ability to situate that area of study in a larger transnational and global context.The Ph.D. program does not require the completion of a Master’s degree prior to enrollment in the program, but directly admits those qualified applicants who hold an undergraduate history degree or who have completed appropriate undergraduate history preparation. In other words, graduate students often earn both their Master's Degree and PhD. while enrolled at the University of Colorado.

As of the academic year 2012-13, all entering Ph.D. students will follow the Department of History’s new graduate curriculum. All Ph.D. students will focus their studies in two equally-weighted fields:

  • regional/national field: either U.S. [all of U.S. history], Europe [early modern or modern, with a regional/national emphasis], or Asia [emphasis on country/region and/or period]).
  • global/thematic field: courses in this field might include, but are not limited to, e.g., imperialism and colonialism, decolonization in transnational perspective, environmental history in transnational perspective, diplomacy and international relations, visual culture in the modern world, trade and diaspora in the early modern world, World War I in global perspective, history and memory in transnational perspective, and Atlantic world.

Students are expected to work with their faculty advisors to craft sub-fields of emphasis within both the regional/national and global/thematic fields.

Ph.D. graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduate Teaching Program, which is a centralized program that works with disciplinary departments to provide training in college teaching and professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are pursing both academic and nonacademic positions. The Department of History also runs its own teaching and professional development workshops on a regular basis throughout the year.

The Department of History sponsors a graduate-student run history conference. The Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference (RMIHC) is in its thirteenth year, and draws graduate student presenters from top research universities throughout the country. RMIHC provides graduate students the opportunity to present their original research in a highly professional yet collegial atmosphere. Students also have the opportunity to serve on the conference’s executive committee for a two-year term. RMIHC is not only an excellent way to become involved with the Department of History's faculty and students and to develop one’s own research, but also to gain important professional development and organizational experience.

For further information on the Ph.D. program, please consult the Ph.D. Guidelines