History: PhD

The College of Arts and Sciences history graduate program is a community of scholars pursuing the study of a wide range of geographical areas and topics.

The University of Oregon supports the study of history through an array of related interdisciplinary programs and a research library of more than two million volumes, along with many other resources.

The history department has an outstanding graduate faculty. The faculty is large enough to have a wide array of geographical and thematic specialties, but small enough to provide close working relationships between faculty and graduate students, as well as a collegial environment.

The PhD program combines an emphasis on research and teaching designed to equip students to compete successfully for faculty positions. Students can engage with specific focal fields in:

  • North American West/ Borderlands
  • Indigenous People/Native Americans
  • Pacific history
  • Modern US
  • Modern Africa
  • Asia (with particular strengths in the history of China and Japan)
  • Latin America
  • Russia
  • Early Modern and Modern Europe
  • History of Women/Gender/Sexuality
  • Environmental history
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Intellectual History
  • History of the Book
  • Architectural History

Most doctoral students come to UO with a master’s degree however, a small number of highly qualified students with bachelor’s degrees may be admitted to the PhD program.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - December 12
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.