Prospective Applicants

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Dear Prospective Applicant:

For the capable and well-prepared student who wants to pursue an advanced degree in history, our program offers a wide variety of rigorous and stimulating courses of study. We are a large department, with over eighty full-time graduate students and just under sixty faculty, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized as influential voices in their fields. Our faculty also have a strong commitment to effective classroom instruction at all levels, winning numerous awards for distinguished teaching. 
Currently, our students can pursue advanced study in nineteen different fields of history. Our program offers opportunities to study historical experiences in a very wide range of different times and places, from ancient Greece and imperial China to contemporary Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. The program also offers the chance to study a variety of thematic fields, including women's and gender history, the history of sexuality, environmental history, the history of technology, the history of capitalism, and military and diplomatic history. We are proud of our ability to accommodate a wide range of intellectual interests, orientations, and temperaments within our program. We also take special pride in our long and abiding commitment to affirmative action in the admission of graduate applicants and in our record of graduating more African American PhDs than any other department in the country. And more generally we are proud of our graduates’ consistently strong record of academic job placement. 
The Ohio State University is Ohio's “flagship” research institution. It offers the state’s only comprehensive PhD program in history and boasts an outstanding library and strong support for research. The University's graduate population is cosmopolitan and diverse, drawn from among the best and the brightest products of colleges and universities across the nation and around the world. Columbus is the state capital and the second largest city in the Midwest, with a metropolitan area of one-and-a half million people and the amenities one would expect of such a center--resident symphony, ballet, opera, film society, art galleries, nightlife, etc. 
Please note in particular that application materials are due no later than November 30 for international applicants and December 1 for national applicants for admission in autumn of the following year and that we conduct the admissions process only once a year. Because of the large number of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee that any materials received after November 30 from international applicants and after December 1 from national applicants will be included in your file when it is circulated among the faculty for consideration.