Carnegie Mellon University

Special Programs and Resources

The History Department offers a variety of special programs and resources, all of which are available for graduate students.

Graduate Student Research Forum

The spring forum has been a part of Carnegie Mellon's graduate program for many years, and is now enhanced by combining with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History. It provides a wonderful venue for our graduate students to present their research in a conference-like setting, and helps to promote collaborations and friendships among members of the two departments. The two history departments host the forum in alternate years.

Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy

CAUSE, the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy, sponsors speakers, post-doctoral fellowships. and a wide range of other activities. Several graduate students have received research travel grants through CAUSE.

International Exchange

The History Department maintains an exchange with Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, hosting Russian faculty and enabling graduate students and faculty to pursue research in Russian archives and libraries.

Seminars on Professional Development

The Department offers regular “brown bag” seminars to graduate students on professional development, organized by the Graduate Student Representatives, who are elected annually.


The History Department participates with the University of Pittsburgh in a number of lecture series, including the annual E.P. Thompson lecture, which features eminent social and labor historians from all over the world. It also sponsors the annual Margaret Morrison Lecture in Women’s History. Both events provide graduate students with the opportunity to participate in smaller workshops and discussions.

Cross Enrollment at CMU

Students can enroll in relevant courses in CMU’s professional schools, such as the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

University of Pittsburgh

The History Department maintains an exchange program with the University of Pittsburgh, which enables students to take courses at both universities, and have access to the University of Pittsburgh libraries.

Teaching Experience

We provide a seminar in instruction to train students in teaching. Our students serve as teaching assistants in Global Histories and other survey courses. The course in Global Histories provides excellent training for an added teaching specialty when students enter the job market. Advanced graduate students usually have the opportunity to teach a course in their own field, and may be eligible to teach at Carnegie Mellon University’s branch campus in Qatar.