Course and dissertation research unit registration must equal 72 units total. The student must complete with grades of B or better at least 48 units of work in history courses taught by the graduate faculty of The Claremont Colleges, including HIST 300 and Tutorial Reading courses but excluding research courses in the 400 range. If a student has completed graduate work in history at another institution, transfer credit for up to 24 units may be permitted. View Current Course List or Search Course Archive.
Transdisciplinary Course Requirement
All students who enter the doctoral program after the fall 2004 semester are required to complete the transdisciplinary course requirement within the first two years of their program.
Substantive Research Papers
Doctoral students must present two substantive research papers for departmental approval before completing their courses. The papers should come out of CGU history seminars. The object is to demonstrate the student’s excellence in developing and supporting an argument based on careful, detailed analysis of primary sources and careful, critical evaluation of such materials. The papers must receive at least a B+, but preferably a higher grade.
Languages and Research Tools.
The student must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages or in one foreign language and an approved research tool. Foreign language proficiency is demonstrated when the student passes a language exam for reading comprehension. European studies students must demonstrate proficiency in French and German; at the discretion of the supervisory committee, an alternative language may be substituted if particularly pertinent to a student’s area of interest. Students in early modern history are required to study Latin in addition to French and German. (In this case, Latin may be taken for up to 4 units of credit, with advisor’s approval.)
With the advisor’s approval, a PhD student may substitute the second language requirement with Digital Humanities or Oral History. No degree units will be awarded for completing Digital Humanities. The Oral History course can be taken for 4-units when it is offered as a credit-bearing course.
A demonstration of competence in three fields (a major field and two minor fields) is required of all history students. Students are eligible to take qualifying exams upon completion of the required units of coursework, completion of language requirements, and approval of two substantive research papers (as noted above).
Students choose their exam fields and faculty examiners with the approval of their advisor and the dean of the school. At least one committee member must be a faculty member who will serve on the student’s dissertation committee. Following approval of the composition of the committee, students work with their examiners on reading lists and the general structure of the written exam.
The major field written exam is four hours and each minor field written exam is three hours. Students are expected to schedule with their examining committee well before the written exams a day and time for the one-hour oral that constitutes the final part of the qualifying exams. Students may not take any notes, books, computer disks/flash drives or any other device into the exam room unless by prior written permission of the professor giving the exam.
Students who fail one qualifying exam may possibly be allowed the chance to retake exams in some form or another, but the examining committee reserves the right to ask a failing student to leave the program.
Students invite faculty to be on their dissertation committee, asking one to serve as chair. The three members are drawn from the CGU faculty or the Claremont Colleges extended faculty, but at least one committee member must be from the core faculty in the School of Arts and Humanities. Each dissertation committee must be approved by the dean and must be in accordance with CGU's Dissertation Committee Policy.
Every student must submit a dissertation prospectus for approval by his/her dissertation committee. When the committee approves the proposal, the members meet with the student for a face-to-face meeting discussing the proposed dissertation. After this meeting, the student becomes officially “ABD.” Committee members generally read multiple drafts of dissertation chapters. When the committee has approved the final written dissertation, a final public oral defense is scheduled.
The dissertation must be accepted by the committee well before the deadline listed in the academic calendar.
For additional information about the History program requirements, please see the department handbook.