What to Expect
Most of our students receive comprehensive five-year financial aid packages, with full tuition remissions and annual stipends. Once enrolled, your PhD coursework will begin with a few foundational seminars required of all our graduate students, including Historiography, Method, and Theory; Comparative History; and Historical Research and Writing. If you’re pursuing the STEM or Social Justice History tracks, you’ll focus on additional specialized courses.
You’ll also have opportunities to take seminars and independent-study courses germane to your particular research interests, sometimes with faculty in other academic departments or professional schools at CWRU. And, because we only admit a very small number of graduate students per year, seminars are small and intensive, with every student receiving considerable individualized attention and support from faculty members.
Once you’ve established mastery of two major fields and two minor fields of study, you’ll pursue a dissertation based on intensive original research on a topic of your choosing.