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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Major, PhD

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  • Successful completion of the MA degree from an accredited institution. 
  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (general).

Before being admitted to doctoral candidacy, a student must fulfill the following requirements.

  • Complete HIST 510  at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (may be waived for comparable experience elsewhere). 
  • Spend two consecutive semesters in residence.
  • Complete 9 hours in one Group I doctoral field. There is no minimum hour requirement for a Group II field. Complete 9 hours in the Group III field (Teaching World History) including 511 and two additional courses at the 500 level outside of European or United States history; or complete an Alternative Third Field, as defined below. Courses taken to fulfill MA degrees may be counted toward all field requirements.
  • Fulfill the foreign language requirement.
  • Complete two 600-level research seminars. (One must be completed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.) Students who have completed a master’s thesis need complete only one research seminar (must be taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville), and HIST 621 
  • Maintain a 3.0 overall grade-point average in graduate work attempted.
  • Complete 24 hours of graduate course work (21 hours graded A-F) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, beyond that required for the MA.

    Up to 6 hours may be taken outside of the department.
  • Except by prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in History, a student’s course work must be at the 500 level or above.

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.

Alternative Third Field
Students may choose an alternative third field. This entails three courses in a Group I field other than the student’s own Group I field and requires approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, the student’s adviser, and a faculty member in charge of supervising that alternative 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.

Comprehensive Examination
The comprehensive examination consists of a written exam (Group I) and an oral exam (Group II) and must be taken no later than the semester following the semester in which the student  completes the residence, course work, and language requirement (summer excluded). Failure to take the comprehensive examination within the required time will be counted as a failure on the examination. No student will be permitted to take the comprehensive examination unless he or she has passed the Group III examination (see above) and has an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. Qualified students will be examined in one field selected from the Group I list below and one field selected from the Group II list below. The two exams are taken in the same semester. The Group I is an eight-hour written exam. It must be passed before the Group II can be taken. The Group II is a two-hour oral exam. A student who fails either 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 dropped from the program.

Admission to Candidacy
Upon successful completion of the above requirements, a doctoral student may be admitted to candidacy.

Doctoral Fields

Group I. Pre-modern Europe; Modern Europe; United States (colonial to present).

Group II. To be defined by the student’s doctoral committee from within one of the following fields.

United States – Colonial and Early Republic; 19th century; 20th century; Regional; Military and Foreign Relations; Social and Cultural; American Political; Gender.

European – Ancient; Medieval; Early Modern; Modern; Political and Diplomatic; Intellectual and Cultural; Social and Economic; National Fields; Gender.

Group III (Teaching Field). World History.

Dissertation and Defense
Original research forms the basis for the dissertation. Doctoral candidates must register for a minimum of 3 hours of HIST 600  Dissertation Research each semester and must complete 24 hours of dissertation credit. A final oral defense is given on the dissertation in its historical context. The program must be completed within eight years from admission as a potential candidate.


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