- First year sequence: "Approaches to History," "Introduction to Historical Writing," and Proseminar
- Completion of four courses in one major field and two in each of two minor fields -- up to two courses may be transferred from an MA program. At least one field must must be comparative/thematic and one geographic/chronological.
- Two methods courses
- Three research seminars (major papers based on primary-source research) or two if entering with MA
- Demonstration of competence in two languages in addition to English (one when US history is the major field).
- Preliminary examinations in each of the three fields
- Preliminary oral examination, including defense and approval of a dissertation proposal
- Oral pre-defense of the dissertation
- Oral defense of the dissertation
The normal time to degree is 6-8 years, depending on whether a student enters with a BA or MA degree and the complexity of the research. Typical progress toward degree: 2 years of course work; 1 year for preliminary exams and defense of dissertation proposal; 1-2 years of full-time research; 2-3 years writing and revising and defense of final dissertation.
For details see "Guide for Graduate Student Progress" under "Current Students"