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Ph.D. in United States and Atlantic History

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The Ph.D. in United States and Atlantic History offers tracks in the history of the United States and in the history of the Atlantic World.


Graduate coursework includes reading seminars (colloquia), research seminars, and individual tutorials for both reading and research purposes. Graduate students may also register in upper-division undergraduate courses at a graduate level that require more intensive work.

First- and second-year students in the doctoral program take three courses each semester, one of which must be expressly devoted to the production of a research paper. Faculty advisers help incoming students design their programs, which may include courses in other departments or colleges in the Worcester Consortium. In addition to meeting the 12-course requirement, a student who enters without an M.A. degree usually spends at least two full-time years at Clark, must satisfy the language requirement, pass the preliminary examination, and write a doctoral dissertation within seven years of matriculation. (Residency for part-time Ph.D. students is defined in terms of courses taken.)

Application to Our Program

Although students currently are matriculating in our program, we are not accepting applications at this time.

Contact Information

History Department

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  • Jefferson Academic Center, 3rd floor
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7288
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