Major Field Areas

Explanation of Major Fields

Ph.D. candidates are responsible for two major fields for their comprehensive examinations. Candidates generally read the equivalent of 80-100 books and articles for each major field. If one major field and two minor fields seem more appropriate, students may develop these in consultation with their supervisor and the graduate advisor.

The research clusters in the department play an important role in determining the broad outline and fundamental structure of the major fields. Advisors and students are expected to add to these core readings so that the fields more accurately reflect the theoretical, methodological, and/or comparative literature relevant to the proposed area of research.

Research Clusters

• History of Science, Technology and Medicine
• Global History, Maritime History, and the History of Empire
• First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous History
• Environmental History
 Ethnicity, Race, and Nationalism
• History of Religion
• Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
• International Relations
• Culture/Power/History
• History of Children and Youth
• Migration, Borderlands, and Transnational History
• Politics, Political Culture, and State Power
• Law and Society
• Communities