The Department of History offers a small, intimate, and friendly atmosphere where each graduate student is welcomed as a member of a community of scholars. The Master of Arts consists of thirty hours of course work which includes a historical methods seminar, two other seminars, intensive personal reading courses, and the writing of a thesis. the Doctor of Philosophy entails 60 additional hours and includes the historical methods seminar, four additional seminars, reading courses, and the writing of a dissertation. In all of this work the department emphasizes personal contact with the professors.
Areas of Specialty
The Department of History at the University of Oklahoma has one of the premier programs in History of the American West, Native American History , Latin American History, and Environmental History; many of our faculty specialize in these areas, and take pride in their committment to the close, one-to-one mentoring that is the hallmark of our program. Recently, the Department has made a commitment to build a strong Ph.D. program in Latin American History, and we now have four scholars who specialize in this field. Our faculty are also engaged in exciting research, and publishing books and articles that help define their respective fields. OU has a long tradition in these areas of study, a first rate faculty, exceptional graduate students, and unparalleled research resources.
The Department is committed to expanding on this base; it offers special fellowships, innovative lecture series, and a dynamic sense of purpose devoted to seeking new ways to enhance the understanding of these key areas of the American experience. The Department is committed to recruiting first-rate graduate students interested in pursuing Masters and Ph.D. level work in these fields of study.
The graduate program also has an excellent placement record; our graduates have successfully competed for a variety of positions, including quality, tenure-track assistant professorships.
The University of Oklahoma Library has over 2.5 million books, more than 1.6 million government publications, over 3 million pieces of microform, and subscribes to 16,000 journals. The University is also home to the Western History Collections, one of the most important facilities in the world for the study of Native American, Western American, and Environmental History. It contains 65,000 books, 10,000 cubic feet of manuscripts, and 160,000 photographs. The manuscript collection of the Carl Albert Center houses the papers of many public figures important to the American West, and the new state-of-the-art Oklahoma Natural History Museum, one of the nations largest connected to either a public or private university, offers rich research opportunities for those interested in studying Native American, Western American, and environmental history. Finally, the Oklahoma Historical Society, only a short drive away in Oklahoma City, offers the researcher access to thousands of documents.