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Modern European History

The Modern European History field at Ohio State offers a rigorous and innovative graduate program with remarkable geographical and thematic breadth and depth. Our faculty members explore various aspects of the political, social, cultural, intellectual, diplomatic, and military history of Modern Europe as well as the history of science and technology, environmental history, gender and women's history, Jewish history, colonial and post-colonial history, and historiography. Geographically, they cover the entire continent from Britain, France, Germany and Scandinavia to Eastern Europe and Russia to the European overseas empires. Our faculty members also engage in thematic, comparative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work that allows them to incorporate in their research and teaching a global and transnational perspective on the European continent and its history.

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Courses in Modern European History

Graduate Program

Graduate Training

Graduate students at The Ohio State University may develop either a major or minor field in Modern European History, working with individual faculty members to tailor their interests in a particular geographical or thematic area. Each year, our faculty members offer a variety of graduate courses that provide vigorous training in diverse aspects of the historiography and history of Modern Europe. Our students also receive comprehensive foreign language training to facilitate their research in overseas institutions.

Graduate Funding

All admitted graduate students receive guaranteed multi-year funding packages from the History Department in the form of fellowships, teaching associate-ships, or research associate-ships.

The History Department, the Graduate College, the Office of International Affairs, the Mershon Center, and other offices on campus provide numerous additional funding opportunities for dissertation research and writing as well as conference travel. Many of our students win Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships as well as nationally competitive fellowships, such as Fulbright-Hays, IREX, ACTR, and SSRC.


Our graduate students have had a remarkable success securing academic and non-academic positions after completing their degrees, and some institutions that employ our graduates include Adams State College, Bryant University, Florida Southern College, Glasgow University (Scotland), Georgia State University, Goucher College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Knox College, Muskingum College, Newman University, Ohio State University, Shippensburg University, University of Arkansas, University of Hawaii, University of Toledo, United States Air Force Academy, Wayne State University, Wesleyan College, Western Carolina University as well as the Institute for Defense Analyses and the United States Army.