Doctor of Arts in History

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’s current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. All M.A. admission requirements.
  2. A master’s degree, preferably in history and with thesis, but at least 15 semester credits of history at the graduate level.
  3. A GPA of at least 3.50 for the master’s level work.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  5. Preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience, especially in the fields of history, the social sciences, or the humanities.
  6. To insure full consideration of applications, especially for tuition waivers and graduate teaching assistantships, the application deadline for Fall admission is March 15 and for Spring admission it is September 30. Later applications will be considered.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies as well as specific requirements of the History Department.

  1. Completion of 90 semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, including acceptable master’s work.
  2. The following coursework:
    HIST 501Methods of Historical Research3
    HIST 502Historiography3
    HIST 551Seminar in the Teaching of History3
    Select one of the following (research seminar):3
    Research Seminar in American History
    Research Seminar in World History
    Research Seminar in European History
    Select two of the following (reading courses):6
    Readings in World History
    Readings in American History
    Readings in European History
    Total Credits18
  3. An area of concentration in one of the following fields: U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, Pre-Modern European/Mediterranean History to 1750, Modern European History, World History. The concentration will include:
    1. 12 elective graduate credits in the field of concentration.
    2. HIST 595 Research (12 credits). An independent research project exploring a topic of significant concern to historians and teachers of history.
  4. The following coursework:
    T&L 539College Teaching3
    Select one of the following:3
    Psychological Foundations Educ
    T&L 544
    Adult Learners
    Technology in Higher Education
    Total Credits6
  5. HIST 599 Internship in the Teaching of History (9 credits): Students will generally assist and co-teach a 100 level survey course with an experienced faculty mentor in the first semester of the internship; in two following semesters the student will teach two of the following independently:  
    HIST 101Western Civilization I3
    Western Civilization II
    HIST 103United States to 18773
    United States since 1877
    HIST 105World Civilizations I3
    World History II, 1000 CE-present
  6. Written examinations in both United States fields and in two of the three European fields selected on the basis of work done in a Master’s degree program as well as the doctoral program. (Exams may be taken after 60 hours of the program of study have been completed.)