The History Department offers advanced degrees in history with a specialization (concentration) in American studies, designed for graduate students who prefer a multidisciplinary approach to the history and character of American culture and society. The core of the CGU American studies program is American history. The assumption of the program is that multidisciplinary studies enhance the study of American history, and degree programs are intended to reflect that. Minor fields will be arranged individually between the student and his/her advisors to take advantage of the extensive resources of The Claremont Colleges and to reflect the student’s interests and desired emphases in studying the history of civilization in America. The minor fields should support the major and can be drawn from existing faculties and disciplines represented in The Claremont Colleges consortium.
Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree. Doctoral students must demonstrate competence in three fields (a major field and two minor fields). The major field encompasses a period or thematic aspect of U.S. history. Students choose their two minor fields after consultation with their advisor and with other faculty. Minor fields can be thematic approaches to U.S. history, or methodological, comparative or interdisciplinary. At least one minor field should reflect the multidisciplinary vantage point of American studies. The student’s supervisory committee in consultation with the chair of the program must approve the selection of fields.
The student may bring to the European studies program an undergraduate background in one of several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. For both the doctorate and the master’s degree, every effort is made to encourage the student to create an individual course of study in close consultation with an advisor. The program equips the student with new and traditional methods of research and with the skills to teach general courses in European civilization, general humanities courses, interdisciplinary courses, and specialized courses in European cultural and intellectual history.
Course offerings are tailored to the needs and concerns of students in the program, but the program’s emphasis lies in modern and early modern European cultural and intellectual history.
Requirements for the M.A. Degree. Twenty-eight of the required 40 units of graduate study must be in history; those not in the 300 range require an advisor’s approval. Two fields must be presented, with at least 16 units accumulated in the major field and at least 8 in the minor. See the Master of Arts Degree section for thesis and language requirements.
Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree. The student will be required to take at least 72 units of graduate courses. Students should concentrate their study in 300-level history seminar courses, at least half of which must be in history, but others can be in fields of the student’s choice, after close consultation with the faculty advisor. A reading knowledge of a second European language must be demonstrated before the student can take the qualifying examinations. Two major fields and one minor field will be covered in both written and oral exams to be passed after the conclusion of formal coursework. For the minor field, a student may choose to design an area of study. See the Doctor of Philosophy Degree section for requirements for qualifying examinations and the dissertation.
Early Modern Studies
Early Modern Studies is a transdisciplinary concentration available to masters' and doctoral students in the Arts and Humanities departments of English, History, and Philosophy. It is aimed at 1) preparing students for Ph.D.-level work at U.S. universities in one of the above three disciplines, or 2) providing a discrete course of study that complements CGU M.A. coursework in archival or museum studies.
To complete a concentration in Early Modern Studies, a student must take five courses in the early modern period, 1200 - 1714, of which two must be outside the discipline in which the student is earning the degree. Courses in Latin Reading and Paleography are also required, as well as at least one course that is based upon bibliographic inquiry into the extensive collections of early modern print and manuscripts housed in Special Collections at Claremont's Honnold/Mudd Library.