Graduate Study in History

USC’s Graduate History Program offers a rigorous course of study that balances depth in particular fields with a broad, transnational, and interdisciplinary perspective. We train our students in historical methods, research, critical analysis of written and visual sources, historical writing, and historical pedagogy through intensive reading courses, seminars, and tutorials.  This training culminates in the Ph.D. dissertation, a significant scholarly and historiographical contribution to the study of a field. 

The program’s relatively small size facilitates close working relationships between students and faculty and encourages collaboration between students working in diverse areas. It also allows for flexibility, permitting students to form their own specializations across or between traditional field boundaries.

Our students also benefit from the extraordinary resources around USC, including, for example, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library at the USC Libraries and the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, which houses the video testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors.  The history department’s intellectual life is further enriched by its close relationship with many vibrant research institutes and centers on campus, several of which are directed by historians, which provide additional opportunities for research, funding and professionalization.  Our students also take advantage of the unique opportunities around Los Angeles provided by such leading cultural institutions as the Huntington Library, the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Wende Museum, and the Pacific Asia Museum. 

  • CONGRATULATIONS to our Award Winning Students!

    • Karin Amundsen has been awarded an Endowed Research Fellowship
    • Christian Paiz has won a Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
    • Nick Gliserman has been awarded a year-long fellowship at the McNeill Center for the Study of Early America (University of Pennsylvania) and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
    • Keith Pluymers will be a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute for Technology.
    • Michelle Damian has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard.
    • Sachiko Kawai has been granted a postdoctoral College Fellowship at Harvard University.

    • Michelle Damian will take up a tenure track position at Monmouth College (History) in fall of 2016, after her postdoc at Harvard.
    • Julia Ornelas-Higdon has accepted a tenure track position in History at California State University, Channel Islands.
    • Andie Reed has accepted a tenure track position in History at Cal Poly, San Obispo.

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