Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

History Major, PhD


The doctoral program study in 1) European History with specialization in a) Pre-Modern Europe, with particular strengths in Muslim-Christian relations, the Crusades, and religious culture in Mediterranean-facing Europe; b) Modern Europe, with an emphasis on German history; and 2) American history, with special emphasis on Atlantic and transnational history, 19th century history, religious history, southern history, and African-American history.

Concentrations (Required)


American History
European History

Campus Code


Knoxville campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures


  • Successful completion of the BA or MA degree from an accredited institution.

Academic Standards


Maintain a 3.00 overall graduate grade-point average in coursework attempted.

American History Concentration


Credit Hours Required


72 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Complete the following course at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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  • Minimum course requirements outlined by the Graduate School (48 graduate credit hours beyond the BA, or 24 graduate credit hours beyond the MA):

    • For students who enter without an MA, a minimum of 39 of the 48 credit hours of coursework must be graded A-F.
      • Students who enter without an MA must complete 18 graduate credit hours in their major doctoral field.
      • Nine credit hours of coursework may be taken outside the department.
      • Students who enter without an MA must complete two 600-level research seminars.
    • For students who enter with an MA from another institution, a minimum of 27 of 36 graduate credit hours must be graded A-F.
      • Students with an MA from another institution should take not only the 24 post-MA graduate credit hours required by the Graduate School, but also an additional 12 graduate credit hours, for a total of 36 graduate credit hours at UT; if approved by the adviser, these additional 12 credit hours may include non-graduate-level language instruction.
      • Students who enter with an MA must complete 9 graduate credit hours in their major doctoral field.
      • Students who enter with a non-thesis MA must complete two 600-level research seminars.
      • Students who enter with a thesis MA need complete only one 600-level research seminar and HIST 621 .
      • Up to six graduate credit hours may be taken outside the department.
    • All students must complete 9 graduate credit hours in a teaching field, which will either be World History or an approved alternate field.
      • Alternate teaching field: This entails three graduate courses in a major field other than the student’s own and requires approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, the student’s adviser, and a faculty member in charge of supervising that alternate field, and culminates in a two-hour oral exam conducted by the adviser and two course instructors. No more than one of these courses can be an independent study.
    • All 600-level coursework must be completed at the University of Tennessee.
    • Except by prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in History, a student’s coursework must be at the 500-level or above.
    • Complete 24 credit hours of dissertation credit, HIST 600  
      • Original research forms the basis for the dissertation.
      • After passing the Comprehensive Examinations, Doctoral candidates must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester of HIST 600 . Candidates must be engaged in some phase of active research to receive credit for HIST 600 .
      • A final oral defense is given on the dissertation in its historical context.

Non-Course Requirements


See information below

European History Concentration


Credit Hours Required


72 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Complete the following course at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  •  

  • Minimum course requirements outlined by the Graduate School (48 graduate credit hours beyond the BA, or 24 graduate credit hours beyond the MA)

    • For students who enter without an MA, a minimum of 39 of the 48 graduate credit hours of coursework must be graded A-F.
      • Students who enter without an MA must complete 18 graduate credit hours in their major doctoral field.
      • Nine credit hours of graduate coursework may be taken outside the department.
      • Students who enter without an MA must complete two 600-level research seminars.
    • For students who enter with an MA from another institution, a minimum of 27 of 36 graduate credit hours must be graded A-F.
      • Students with an MA from another institution should take not only the 24 post-MA graduate credit hours required by the Graduate School, but also an additional 12 graduate credit hours, for a total of 36 credit hours at UT; if approved by the adviser, these additional 12 credit hours may include non-graduate-level language instruction.
      • Students who enter with an MA must complete 9 graduate credit hours in their major doctoral field.
      • Students who enter with a non-thesis MA must complete two 600-level research seminars.
      • Students who enter with a thesis MA need complete only one 600-level research seminar and HIST 621 .
      • Up to six graduate credit hours may be taken outside the department.
    • All students must complete 9 graduate credit hours in a teaching field, which will either be World History or an approved alternate field.
      • Alternate teaching field: This entails three courses in a major field other than the student’s own and requires approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, the student’s adviser, and a faculty member in charge of supervising that alternate field, and culminates in a two-hour oral exam conducted by the adviser and two course instructors. No more than one of these courses can be an independent study.
    • All 600-level coursework must be completed at the University of Tennessee.
    • Except by prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in History, a student’s coursework must be at the 500-level or above.
    • Complete 24 credit hours of dissertation credit, HIST 600 
      • Original research forms the basis for the dissertation.
      • After passing the Comprehensive Examinations, Doctoral candidates must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester of HIST 600 . Candidates must be engaged in some phase of active research to receive credit for HIST 600 .
      • A final oral defense is given on the dissertation in its historical context.

Non-Course Requirements (This information is for both concentrations listed above)


  • Fulfill the foreign language requirement.
    • Students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language or languages through coursework or examination.
      • Students in pre-Modern Europe will be required to pass three language exams, including Latin. The other two languages will be determined in consultation with the adviser.
      • Students in Modern Europe will be required to pass two language exams, as determined by the adviser.
      • Students in US history will be required to pass one language exam.
    • The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled before taking the comprehensive examination.
  • Comprehensive Examination
    • The comprehensive examination consists of an eight-hour written exam and a two-hour oral exam and must be taken no later than the semester following the semester in which the student completes the residence, coursework, and language requirement (summer excluded).
    • Failure to take the comprehensive examination within the required time will be counted as a failure on the examination.
    • Only students with an overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 will be allowed to take the comprehensive examination.
    • A student who fails the exam must repeat it the following semester (summer excluded).
    • A second failure on either exam will cause the student to be dropped from the history graduate program.
    • A student who does not repeat a failed exam within the required time will likewise be dismissed from the program.