For more information contact
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
Durham, NC 27708-0719
General InformationDegree offered:
Admitting approximately 10 Ph.D. students each year, along with a few JD-MA students, the graduate program in History offers highly personalized guidance and instruction in close cooperation with an excellent faculty. Candidates are encouraged to pursue special research interests while also studying broad historical fields. The most common fields are Early America, Modern America, African-American, Colonial and Modern Latin America, Military, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, British and British Empire, Imperial and Soviet Russia, South Asia, and Islamic World; but we also train students in Medieval Europe, Traditional and Modern China, Modern Japan, Africa, and Medicine, Science and Technology. In addition to these areas there are cooperative programs with the Law School (J.D./M.A.). Duke's library offers extensive resources, manuscript collections, archives, etc., and the collections of the UNC-Chapel Hill library are also available.
A writing sample (nonreturnable) of at least 10-15 pages, preferably a research paper, should be submitted as part of the application process and should be uploaded in the Writing Sample section of the application.