Transatlantic History PhD Program
Our unique and innovative PhD Program in Transatlantic History was created in 1998. Since its inception, 34 students have produced dissertations and are now teaching at different colleges and universities across Texas and the United States.
Our PhD Program in Transatlantic History is unique because it focuses on the interactions of people and regions across the Atlantic from the fifteenth century to the present time. Unlike traditional programs that are often defined by political boundaries, this program explores interactions and cross-cultural developments among Europe, Africa, and the Americas over the last six centuries. Students enroll in a sequenced curriculum of courses in discovery, exploration, intercultural transfers, migrations, colonization, frontiers, transnational social movements, economic interactions and and the history of cartography. The dissertation must be an original, substantial, and significant contribution to this field of transatlantic history.
The program's description page in the current UTA graduate catalog contains the official description of admissions criteria. Generally, we are looking for students who have successfully earned a BA degree in history or a related field such as anthropology, political science or sociology. We will also consider students who already acquired an MA degree in history, with the understanding that they might be asked to complete leveling work. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Students should also have a GRE verbal score of at least 156 [or 550 in the older system] and an analytical writing score of at least 5 on the GRE aptitude test. Successful applicants usually have higher testing results than these minimum requirements. These test results will be balanced against the other materials the applicant submits.
Part-Time and Full-Time Doctoral Students
Beginning in Fall 2014, the Department will consider applications from students wishing to participate in the doctoral program on a part-time basis, meaning less than 9 credit hours per semester. We will also continue to admitting doctoral students for full-time study (9 credit hours per semester), provicing them with a multi-year Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantship (EGTA) package. These packages, available on a highly competitive basis, carry an annual stipend of roughly $15,000 and provide full tuition remission. They are guaranteed for up to six years, conditional on good performance in academic work and teaching duties. In addition to courses and teaching assistship work, EGTA recipients are required to attend Departmental seminars and other functions during the week. Graduate courses are usually but not always offered in the evenings.
The application process has two largely separate levels. At the University level, applicants must complete the Graduate School's online application form, and send official transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate School. On the Departmental level, applicants should send the following materials to the PhD Advisor in the UTA Department of History: a letter of intent (about 2 pages), a writing sample (research paper), and three letters of recommendation. The application process is quite competitive and funds are limited. Applicants are encouraged to contract the PhD Advisor if they have questions about materials or the process. Please note, below, that the Departmental application deadlines are different and earlier than the University-wide deadlnes.
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The Ph.D. admissions committee will begin its evaluation of completed applications on January 15 and will continue to meet periodically until the Graduate School deadline. However, the committee has usually made its initial fellowship decisions by March 15; applications sent after this date will be considered based on the availability of funds. The committee accepts applications only for admission beginning with the fall semester of the academic year.
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