The Department of History is committed to a tradition of academic excellence. As noted in “A Brief History of the History Department of The Ohio State University,” our first Ph.D. was awarded in 1925 to John K. Warren, and our second Ph.D. was awarded soon after to Ruth Loving Higgins. Our large and distinguished faculty provides a notable diversity of historical fields. More than 80 graduate students from across the United States and around the world are currently pursuing a PhD within the Department. Many students and faculty members also participate in the programs and activities of other Departments and interdisciplinary Centers. The University is internationally renowned for its research facilities and its support services.
Please see our Graduate Resource Page for current graduate students.
Learn about our Fields of Study.
Application and other information for prospective applicants.
Contact the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC).
Of those who have graduated from our program with their PhD within the last five years, 97.47% have found acceptable job placement, identified as a job where their doctoral degree is used and may be necessary. 74.68% have found ideal job placement, identified as a permanent job where their doctoral degree is required, such as a tenure-track faculty position or non-academic careers such as policy work, defense analysis, research professionals, scholarly editing, museum research/administration, etc.
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