Our program places a premium on cultivating intellectual breadth, familiarity with global, comparative, and transnational history, and the ability to speak to a broad audience of historians and others interested in careful analysis of the past. We seek to build intellectual community across the boundaries of era, geography, and thematic approach.
The graduate program trains students to develop original scholarship of their own by providing them a strong disciplinary base and also encouraging creative approaches to the past.
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The Department of History takes seriously the issue of sexual harassment and actively supports university policies to eliminate it. The department also recognizes other forms of harassment that are equally corrosive of the collegial intellectual environment necessary to work as historians. No faculty member or graduate teaching assistant should abuse his/her position of authority to harass or intimidate a student.
It is the responsibility of the Director of Graduate Studies to inform each graduate student of the appropriate channels of redress for various kinds of grievances. In most circumstances, you will be the first to hear a complaint, but if the complaint cannot be resolved by you the student may in turn address the department Chair, the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Provost and, as a last resort, the President of the University.