College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Guide to Graduate Fields of Study & Major Professors

The following information is designed to help applicants complete the Preferred Fields of Study Form (for M.A. and for Ph.D.), which must be submitted with the application materials. Please use the form to advise the Graduate Studies Committee as to your preference(s) regarding primary fields, secondary fields, and major professors.

Primary Fields

An individual professor will serve as a major professor of a Ph.D. student in a primary field. The professor will be responsible for the student’s preliminary examination in the primary field and will mentor the student’s doctoral dissertation.

Colonial and Early Republic  Lawrence Hatter
19th Century U.S. Peter Boag
Jennifer Thigpen
Modern U.S. Robert Bauman (TC)
Peter Boag
Rob McCoy
Laurie Mercier (V)
Jeff Sanders
Matt Sutton
U.S. Foreign Relations Noriko Kawamura
U.S. Women and Gender Peter Boag
Laurie Mercier (V)
Jennifer Thigpen
U.S. Environment Peter Boag
Jeff Sanders
U.S. West 

Robert Bauman (TC)
Peter Boag
Lawrence Hatter
Rob McCoy
Laurie Mercier (V)
Jeff Sanders
Orlan Svingen

U.S. Race and Ethnicity Robert Bauman (TC)
Rob McCoy
Laurie Mercier (V)
Atlantic World Candice Goucher (V)
Lawrence Hatter
Sue Peabody (V)
Reformation Europe Jesse Spohnholz
18th Century Europe Sue Peabody (V)
Modern Britain Ashley Wright
Modern France Steven Kale
Modern Germany Ray Sun
Modern Russia/Soviet Union/Post-Soviet Brigit Farley (TC)
Steven Hoch (TC)
Modern China Xiuyu Wang (V)
Modern Japan Emily Anderson
West Africa Candice Goucher (V)
Joel Tishken
Colonial Africa Candice Goucher (V)
Joel Tishken

(V) = Vancouver Campus
(TC) = Tri Cities Campus

General Fields

Each field will have a coordinator, who will be responsible for coordinating 1) the field's preliminary examination and 2) the initial mentor screening of graduate applications (M.A. and Ph.D.) for the field. The coordinator will also serve on the Graduate Studies Committee.

U.S. Robert Bauman (TC)
Peter Boag
Lawrence Hatter
Noriko Kawamura
Rob McCoy
Laurie Mercier (V)
Jeff Sanders
Matt Sutton
Orlan Svingen
Jennifer Thigpen
Early Modern Europe Sue Peabody (V)
Jesse Spohnholz
Modern Europe Brigit Farley (TC)
Steven Hoch (TC)
Steven Kale
Ray Sun
Public Robert Bauman (TC)
Rob McCoy
Laurie Mercier (V)
Orlan Svingen
East Asia Emily Anderson
Xiuyu Wang (V)
World Candice Goucher (V)
Sue Peabody (V)
Joel Tishken

(V) = Vancouver Campus
(TC) = Tri-Cities Campus

World/Comparative Field (Ph.D. students only)

All Ph.D. students, exccept those who take World History as their General Field,* must take 9 credits of graduate courses to fulfill the requirements of World/Comparative Field as their complementary field. The World/Comparative Field will havedual purposes of (1) providing opportunities that allow students to learn and explore global and comparative perspectives of students' research subjects, and (2) offering credible training in world history as a teaching field. All students are required to take 570, 571, and one more field course (either 571, a graduate field course outside their General Field, or a 400- or 500-level course outside History. They must pass all three courses with the minimun grade of B+. No preliminary examination is required for the World/Comparative Field.

*Students who pursue World History as their General Field must define their complementary field in consultation with their major professor, and take at least 9 credits of graduate field courses that will focus on specific geographic areas outside their Primary Field, or 6 credits of those courses and one course outside discipline of history.

(V) = Vancouver Campus
(TC) = Tri-Cities Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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