History Program

Academic Program

Coordinated by the core faculty of the Graduate University, the faculty in history draws on the combined faculties of The Claremont Colleges with a resulting staff equivalent to that of a much larger university. Yet, because of the unique organization of the Graduate University, the history faculty can emphasize individual instruction and frequent advising and mentoring. Students have maximum access to faculty, staff, and facilities. The students who enter the department each year are carefully selected on the basis of interest and proven ability.

The faculty in history offers three distinct programs, each leading to advanced degrees in history. At the master’s degree level, the comparatively conventional history program offers a wide variety of major fields, and at the doctoral level the program offers concentrations in United States and European history. In addition, the faculty in history offer multidisciplinary programs in American studies and in European studies. Interdisciplinary studies are especially important as they reflect the multicultural elements in American and European history. This emphasis is encouraged in all history degree programs.

Students select among distinct programs, each leading to advanced degrees in history. At the master’s degree level, students major in U.S. or European history, American studies, early modern studies, or archival studies. At the doctoral level the department offers concentrations in United States or European history, in Amercian studies, and in early modern studies. The School of Arts and Humanities also offers Graduate Certificates available to all CGU students.  We encourage breadth of study irrespective of a student’s major field and we strongly encourage interdisciplinary work.

The history department provides advanced professional education as preparation for a variety of careers. Traditionally, historians have worked in academic settings as scholars and teachers, or in closely related institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. Increasingly, however, advanced education in history is being regarded as broad-based humanistic training, equipping students with research capabilities, writing skills, analytical methods, and communications skills that are useful in many fields. The History Department welcomes students who wish to teach in secondary schools, community colleges, four-year universities, and students who intend non-teaching careers.

Instruction in history is carried on in seminars. Classes are small and the favorable student-faculty ratio allows for an unusual amount of individual attention from faculty members. Students work with faculty advisers in planning their course of study; candidates for the Ph.D. work closely with a faculty committee composed of professors in the student’s fields of study.

The Libraries of The Claremont Colleges provide excellent research facilities and resources. Also in Claremont is the library of the Claremont School of Theology. The Huntington Library, one of the world’s finest research libraries for English and American history, is in nearby San Marino.



Applications for fall admission should be received by February 1. Applications received after this date will be evaluated on a space-available basis.  (For complete information on applying to the History graduate program at Claremont Graduate University, please visit the "Prospective Students" section of this website.)

To apply to the History Department at Claremont Graduate University,  please use the following links:

For more information on the English programs at CGU and how to apply, please contact the Admissions Coordinator for the School of Arts and Humanities via email or phone (909) 621-8612.

Financial Aid

Institutional financial assistance is available in the form of fellowships. Applications submitted by February 1 have priority for the awarding of aid, although aid may be awarded to late applicants on the basis of available funds.

Federal aid, in the form of loans and work study, is awarded on the basis of financial need. In addition, students may actively seek opportunities for financial support which might be available to them from foundations and other institutions.

Please contact the History Department for further information on Institutional/Department aid.

You may, also, contact the Office of Student Financing, Claremont Graduate University, 160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711, by telephone 909.621.8337, by fax: 909.607.7285, or by email: finaid@cgu.edu.


Contact Information

       History Department
       CGU School of Arts and Humanities
       831 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
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