Carnegie Mellon University


Graduate students are required to take 12.5 courses over two years.

These include:

  • Theory and Methods
  • Proseminar in American History
  • Proseminar in Transnational History
  • Research Seminar I
  • Research Seminar II
  • At Least Two out of Five Thematic Cluster Courses:
    • Culture and Power
    • Women, Gender, and the Family
    • Technology, Environment, Science, Medicine
    • Labor, Politics, and Social Movements
    • African, African American, and African Diaspora
  • 3 Electives
  • Workshop in Digital History
  • Workshop in Public/Applied History
  • Mini Course in Teaching

Time Table

Students are expected to finish their course work in two years, complete their graduate portfolio and their prospectus, do their research in the fourth year, begin writing up the results of their research in the fifth year, and finish the dissertation by the end of the sixth year.

Graduate Portfolio

All of our students create graduate portfolios in consultation with a team of three faculty members. The portfolio process, which usually culminates in the middle of a student’s third year, is an opportunity for students to gather all of the work produced in the first two years of the program, and to connect that work to extensive reading lists and other materials that prepare students for future teaching and for their doctoral research. More information about the portfolio process is available in our Graduate Handbook.