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What will I learn?

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

Required Courses

  • Complete HIST 510 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (may be waived for comparable experience elsewhere).
  • Minimum course requirements outlined by the Graduate School (48 credit hours beyond the BA, or 24 credit hours beyond the MA)
    • For students who enter without an MA, a minimum of 39 of the 48 credit hours of course work must be graded A-F.
      • Students who enter without an MA must complete 18 credit hours in their major doctoral field.
      • Nine credit hours of course work 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 credit hours must be graded A-F.
      • Students with an MA from another institution should take not only the 24 post-MA credit hours required by the Graduate School, but also an additional 12 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 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 credit hours may be taken outside the department.
  • All students must complete 9 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 course work must be completed at the University of Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,798.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

312 Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive,

KNOXVILLE,

Tennessee,

37996, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher may be required if the applicant has insufficient background or less than required GPA

For international students

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

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

Application Deadline: Spring: June 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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