Graduate students in Rice University’s History Department enjoy all the advantages of a comprehensive research university in an intimate, collaborative setting.  Our program is primarily devoted to training  Ph.D. candidates for careers as professional research scholars at academic institutions, museums and other public history institutions.  We offer financial aid in the form of tuition waivers and annual stipends to virtually all accepted incoming students.

The Department of History welcomes applications from highly motivated undergraduates as well as Masters degree-holders. Our faculty members will direct dissertations in U. S. history, Atlantic World history, Latin American and Caribbean history, the history of transnational Asia and the Middle East, and the history of the U. S. and the World. The department also offers examination fields in African history, European history, and World history.

Within U.S. history, the department has particular strengths in early North America, the nineteenth century, missionary studies, race, slavery, and Southern history—a field enhanced by the presence of the Journal of Southern History—and the history of the United States and the world.  Most of our graduate students spend some time working at the Journal of Southern History where they learn much about academic publishing

Students interested in Brazilian history can participate in our dual degree program with UNICAMP in Campinas, Brazil

Doctoral study in transnational Asia is enhanced by the presence of Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies and the presence within the History Department of the journal Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique.

Many members of our faculty have expertise in early modern and modern colonialism, and all graduate students are exposed to transnational approaches to the study of the past.  Programs such as the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research offer additional opportunities for interdisciplinary graduate work.

For more information, please visit the Department of History website. Download the graduate study brochure and graduate program handbook.

Areas of Study

  • United States
  • U.S. South
  • African-American History
  • America and the World
  • Atlantic and Latin American History
  • Asia and the Middle East

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. (including dual PhD with Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil)

*The Department of History at Rice University offers two advanced degrees, the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy. Admission is normally limited to students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy as their terminal degree.

The Department of History Contact Information

Professor Peter C. Caldwell, Chair
326 Humanities Bldg.
Phone: 713-348-4948
Fax: 713-348-5207
Email: hist@rice.edu
URL: http://history.rice.edu