Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Welcome to the Graduate Programme 

The graduate program in the Department of History offers robust training in a range of established and newer fields of historical inquiry through a diverse array of courses. The department facilitates deeper knowledge in primary fields of specialization while also encouraging breadth of learning and a capacious understanding of the historian’s craft. The department has a record of placing doctoral students in academic appointments, prestigious post-doctoral fellowships and senior government positions in Canada and abroad. MA and PhD graduates have also excelled in careers in government, media and private business. Many of our PhD students publish their theses as highly-regarded books.

Students are taught primarily in small all-graduate seminars, in which they engage in a lively, critical examination of historical writing, and delve into research in primary sources. PhD students participate in workshops on research skills, academic writing, grant proposals, and professional development. Faculty advisers and committee members remain involved with the research and writing of the dissertation over a student’s career at Queen’s. Our MA and PhD students join a dynamic intellectual community: They participate in the thriving departmental seminar series, the Arthur Lower Canadian History Workshop Series, and events organized by research networks such as the Muslim Societies in Global Perspectives, the Global History Initiative, and the Russian and East European Studies Network. Our students biannually host the McGill-Queen's Graduate History conference that draws students from across Canada and the US and forge intellectual connections with an international community of scholars through smaller workshops organized by members of the department.

We are a mid-sized university and department, and are therefore able to provide a rich, supportive learning community to students from across Canada and around the world. The History Department offers funding for MA and Ph.D. students through a combination of internal and external awards and teaching assistantships and fellowships. We have had great success with helping our PhD students prepare successful applications for external awards such as those administered by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). We are therefore usually able to provide financial support substantially in excess of the guaranteed annual minimum of $18,000 for four years.

Ishita Pande
Chair of Graduate Studies

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Graduate Office Contact

Phone: 613-533-6931
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 210

Office Hours

8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday (closed for lunch 12:00-1:00)