The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in history is offered in three fields: United States, Europe and Military. All students pursuing the PhD in history will be examined for four areas of history, at least two of which must be within their primary field, United States, Europe or Military. Students pursuing the PhD in United States history will be examined in at least one non-United-States area; students pursuing the PhD in European history will be examined in at least one non-European area; and students pursuing the PhD in Military history will be examined in two non-military areas. The areas in history must be chosen from a list provided by the department. The student must have a minimum of 30 classroom hours of graduate courses plus 12 dissertation hours. A minimum of four research seminar courses in history and 3 hours in historiography are required. If an area outside history would enhance the student’s program or career plans, the student’s committee may allow the outside area with the permission of the department chair, although no more than 6 such credit hours may be applied as credit towards degree requirements. Completion of a specific number of graduate hours does not automatically make one eligible for a degree. The student must show proficiency by satisfactory performance on written and oral examinations, by completion of the language requirement and by completion of an acceptable dissertation. Any student who fails to register for two consecutive long terms/semesters in classes at UNT will be required to reapply for admission to the history doctoral program.
The program and degree plan of each doctoral student will be planned by the student and his or her advisory committee. The student will initiate a request to establish an advisory committee through the office of the graduate advisor who, in consultation with the student and with the approval of the department chair, will select a major professor from the approved list. The person appointed will serve as chair of the student’s committee. The major professor, in consultation with the student, will select other members of the committee. The student’s degree plan and the composition of the advisory committee must be certified by the graduate advisor and approved by the chair of the department and the dean of the Toulouse Graduate School.
The committee will advise the student on program planning, arrange for all departmental examinations, approve in conjunction with the student the dissertation topic and judge the completed dissertation as a piece of original research justifying the awarding of the degree.
Doctoral committees in the Department of History must include a university graduate faculty member whose principal faculty appointment is in a department other than the history department. The student’s major professor and the student will work together to select a university member whose expertise will contribute meaningfully to the dissertation.
Foreign language requirement
The student must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language. This is usually accomplished by taking at least 12 undergraduate hours of a foreign language with a 2.7 GPA or passing a proficiency exam administered by the UNT World Languages and Literature department or similar accredited program. The language requirement must be completed prior to taking the qualifying examinations.
Admission to candidacy
The qualifying examinations will be taken when course work, other than research and dissertation, has been completed. These examinations, arranged by the advisory committee, will consist of written examinations and oral examinations covering four areas. The successful completion of these examinations is a prerequisite to admission to candidacy for the degree.
Admission to candidacy is granted by the dean of the Toulouse Graduate School upon recommendation of the advisory committee and the department chair, based upon the academic record of the student, approval of a dissertation topic and successful completion of language requirements and qualifying examinations.
Research and dissertation
The doctoral student will submit a dissertation that is a significant contribution to the knowledge of history. Completion of the dissertation requires original and independent research in the field of specialization. The final oral examination will be primarily a defense of the completed dissertation.