department of History at Washington State University is pleased to announce
the creation of a doctoral program in World History. This program is among
the first on the West Coast to offer World History as a primary field
The Ph.D. in World History
is a research-oriented field that trains historians for the university
and college levels. The program seeks to move beyond comparative history
to take a global approach to the study of significant historical issues,
patterns, and events such as imperialism, world trade, the environment,
gender studies, warfare, and migration. The program emphasizes rigorous
methodological training in global theories and world historiography in
tandem with specialization in a regional area set within a world historical
and thematic context. Thus, students are expected to emerge from the program
with both depth of specialization and breadth of perspective. In addition,
the program emphasizes pedagogical training in teaching world history,
and seeks to provide students with experience in teaching World History
through WSUs extensive World Civilizations program.
Features of the doctoral program
- Specialized seminars and
courses in World History, including World History Theory and Methodology
(Professors Streets and Garretson) and Topics in World History (topics
and faculty to vary annually).
- Intensive focus in regional
areas (including U.S., Modern Europe, Early Europe, Modern East Asia,
Latin America, and Middle East).
- Intensive focus on thematic
approaches and issues (including gender, environment, imperialism, the
history of race, warfare, Atlantic World, and Pacific Rim).
- Mentoring by faculty with
substantial interest and teaching experience in World History (11 out
of 20 full-time faculty on the Pullman campus teach in the World Civilizations
- Close association with
Washington States large World Civilizations undergraduate program
(offering more than twenty-five sections of World Civilizations every
- One of the most digitized
campuses in the country, with access to and training for multimedia
- Specialized pedagogical
training in teaching World History.
- Substantial doctoral support
for TA-ships and Instructorships in the World Civilizations program.
Specific program guidelines
can be found on the history department website at:
Applications for admission
for the Fall semester are due by February 1. We seek applicants with either
a BA or MA degree for the Ph.D. program. Questions should be directed
to Dr. Heather Streets, Department of History, Washington State University,
PO Box 604030, Pullman, WA, 99164-4030. Tel: 509-335-5570, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department of History
also offers World History as a secondary doctoral field, and as a two-year