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United States History


The major field in U.S. History is organized around three foundation courses: AMH 6198 Early America, AMH 6199 Nineteenth-Century America, and AMH 6290 Twentieth-Century America. These are reading-intensive seminars designed to introduce AMH students to the main historiographic currents in U.S. history. All full-time doctoral candidates in U. S. History must complete the full rotation of foundation courses in their first two years.

Qualifying Examinations

The Qualifying Examinations in U.S. History have three parts:

  • Major Field 1—grows out of the student’s particular intellectual project; generally related to the themes of the student’s dissertation (i.e.—Prison Reform; Religion in the Civil War)
  • Major Field 2—another AMH field the student has worked in that is broader (i.e.—19th Century U.S.; Women’s History; Southern History)
  • Minor Field–Consistent with the requirements of the Department Minor

The student’s three fields should be sufficiently distinct and not have too much overlap. The student’s committee should be complete and have identified three distinct reading lists no later than three (3) months before the qualifying exam, and should send the reading lists to the graduate coordinator. Typically these lists contain 100-150 titles across the three fields.

Qualifying exams should take place during students’ 3rd year in the graduate program.