Degrees offered by the History Department, University of Illinois
The UIC History
Department offers four graduate degree tracks.
of Arts in Teaching - For information on the Master of Arts in Teaching, see http://www.uic.edu/depts/hist/TeacherEd/index.html
- Stand-alone MA. -This program is sometimes referred to as a "terminal MA" or the "MA-only program." This is for students whose final goal is to obtain a Master of Arts degree in History.
- Doctoral-track MA. - This program is for students who intend to obtain an MA in History as a step toward a PhD in History. Applicants to this program should check the box PhD in Box 20C in the Graduate Application."
- PhD. - This program is for students who already hold an MA in History or equivalent, or will hold one by the time of matriculation into UIC.
See important related instructions under Personal Statement (Statement of Purpose).
The UIC History Department offers two formal concentrations within the PhD program :
Work, Race, and Gender in the
Urban World (WRGUW)
Taking advantage of an uncommon gathering of scholars with
overlapping interests and unmatched resources, the WRGUW ("argue") Concentration offers students a foundation in labor,
immigration, and business history; race and African American
history; and/or gender, women's and gay and lesbian history
in relation to the social and cultural environment of city
life. Framed largely around a modern U.S. core, the WRGUW
concentration encourages in all students a transnational perspective
on its core themes. WRGUW offers four colloquia each year,
at least one treats a topic in comparative or global scope.
Among participating faculty and students alike, we are building
a supportive but critical community of colleagues.
Encounters, Ethnographies, and
ENCOUNTERS draws upon the expertise of faculty with regional specializations
in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States.
The concentration offers students specializing in any one
of these areas the opportunity for comparative study and research
on topics related to encounters between different peoples,
cultures, and continents. Empires from Rome to the imperial
nation-states of the twentieth century proclaimed the transformative
power of universals such as religion, civilization, or democracy.
At the same time empires produced ethnographies of difference,
revealing and concealing more complex cultural transformations
that affected both colonizers and the colonized. Four courses
are linked annually to the concentration. These include two
colloquia focused on broad topics; one seminar requiring extensive
student research; and a graduate course in World history.
interested in working in one of the concentrations should specify
that interest on the application.
For more information
about the Department of History visit www.uic.edu/depts/hist/