History - Tri-University Doctoral Program in History

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Director - Joyce Lorimer (4-507 Dr. Alvin Woods Bldg. (DAWB), 519-884-1970, ext. 3331) (E-mail: jlorimer@mach1.wlu.ca)
Graduate secretary, Laurier - Lynne Doyle (4-210 CTB, 519-884-1970, ext. 3389) (E-mail: ldoyle@mach1.wlu.ca)
Graduate officer, Laurier - David Monod (4-210A DAWB, Ext. 3261) E-mail: dmonod@mach1.wlu.ca)
Graduate officer, Waterloo - Patrick Harrigan (114 HH, Ext. 3768) (E-mail: harrigan@watarts.uwaterloo.ca)

(* indicates approved PhD advisers)

Donna T. Andrew* BA CCNY, MSc London, PhD Toronto
Keith M. Cassidy BA Loyola College, MA, PhD Toronto
Terry A. Crowley* BA Bishop's, MA Carleton, AM, PhD Duke
Elizabeth L. Ewan* BA Queen's, PhD Edinburgh
David R. Farrell BA, MA Wisconsin, PhD Western Ontario
Peter J. Goddard BA British Columbia, DPhil Oxford
Linda L. Mahood BA Saskatchewan, MLitt, PhD Glasgow
Clarence J. Munford BA, MA Western Reserve, DPhil Leipzig
David R. Murray* BA Bishop's, MA Edinburgh, PhD Cambridge
Eric G. Reiche BA Western Ontario, PhD Delaware
Richard M. Reid* BA Carleton, MA, PhD Toronto
Mordechai Rozanski BA McGill, PhD Pennsylvania
James G. Snell* BA McGill, MA Western Ontario, PhD Queen's
Gilbert A. Stelter* BA Moravian, BD, PhD Alberta
Ronald M. Sunter* MA, PhD Edinburgh
Catharine A. Wilson* BA Guelph, MA, PhD Queen's

Associated Graduate Faculty
Gunnar C. Boehnert BA, MA Western Ontario, MA Toronto, MPhil Waterloo, PhD London

The following members of Wilfrid Laurier University are members of the program:
Donald N. Baker BA British Columbia, MA, PhD Stanford
Cynthia Comacchio* BA Glendon, MA York, PhD Guelph
Terry Copp* BA Sir George Williams, MA McGill
Leonard G. Friesen BA Waterloo, MA, PhD Toronto
Richard P. Fuke BA Toronto, MA Maryland, PhD Chicago
Barry M. Gough* BEd British Columbia, MA Montana, PhD London
Douglas A. Lorimer* BA, PhD British Columbia
Joyce Lorimer* BA, PhD Liverpool
David Monod BA, MA McGill, PhD Toronto
Erika Rummel* BA Vienna, MA, PhD Toronto
Michael D. Sibalis BA McGill, MA Sir George Williams, PhD Concordia
George Urbaniak BA, MA, PhD Toronto
Suzanne Zeller* BA, MA Windsor, PhD Toronto

The following members of the University of Waterloo are members of the program:
Michael J. Craton* BA London, MA, PhD McMaster
Gail Cuthbert Brandt* BA Toronto, MA Carleton, PhD York
Keith D. Eagles BA Waterloo, AM, PhD Harvard
Patrick J. Harrigan* BA Detroit, AM, PhD Michigan
Geoff W. Hayes BA, MA Laurier, PhD Western Ontario
Stan K. Johannesen* BA Evangel College, MA, PhD Missouri
Heather A. MacDougall* BA, MA, PhD Toronto
Karin J. MacHardy* BA, MA Western Ontario, PhD California (Berkeley)
Ken M. McLaughlin BA Waterloo, MA Dalhousie, PhD Toronto
Wendy L. Mitchinson* BA, MA, PhD York
Werner O. Packull* BA Guelph, MA Waterloo, PhD Queen's
C. Arnold Snyder BA Waterloo, MA, PhD McMaster
Gerald J. Stortz BA, MA Waterloo, PhD Guelph
Lynne Taylor BA Western Ontario, MA London, PhD Michigan
James A. Wahl BA Western Ontario, MA, PhD St. Louis
James W. Walker* BA Toronto, MA Waterloo, PhD Dalhousie
David E. Wright BA, MA Cambridge, MA, PhD McMaster

The Departments of History of the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University offer a joint program leading to the PhD degree. The Tri-University Doctoral Program in History includes members from all three departments covering a wide range of research interests. It is a semi-autonomous program responsible directly to the three graduate schools. It looks after admissions, arranges courses of instruction, names students' advisory committees, and monitors student progress generally. Students in the Tri-University Doctoral Program in History register either at Guelph, Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier (depending on where their adviser is located) but undertake their coursework jointly at all three universities. Students in the program are governed by the general regulations of the university in which they are registered and their degree is granted by that university.

   All inquiries and applications concerning this program should be addressed to the director of the Tri-University Doctoral Program in History. All applications requesting financial support for the fall term must be received by the Tri-University Doctoral Program in History and be complete by 1 February of that year. Successful applicants will start their graduate studies in September. The Tri-University Doctoral Program uses a self-administered application process in which the onus is on the applicant to collect and submit all required documentation and material.
   Applications are considered by the co-ordinating committee. Only students who are graduates of accredited universities and colleges are eligible for admission. Students will be admitted only after they have obtained an MA in which they have received at least an A-' standing. Since not all applicants can be admitted, close attention is paid to samples of applicants' written work, to applicants' transcripts and past records as a whole, and to their statement of research interests.
   Applicants from outside Canada whose previous education cannot be assessed readily may be required to demonstrate their knowledge by other means, such as the Graduate Record Examination. Non-Canadian applicants whose first language is not French or English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language or pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A net score of 600 is required.
   Registration at one university for three degrees (BA, MA, PhD) is discouraged.

Degree Requirements
   Students must demonstrate a knowledge of written French (or other appropriate second language, approved by the co-ordinating committee) before the qualifying examination. Students must register in the Doctoral Seminar. For details see the program handbook.

PhD Fields
   Each student is required to demonstrate competence in three fields (one major, two minor). This competence will be demonstrated by successful completion of the colloquium or the qualifying examination. One field must be in an area of study distinct from the major field and one may be in another discipline. The distinction between a major and a minor field is the depth and required range of reading rather than by geographical or chronological span. The major and minor fields must be constructed so that a student can complete the major during two terms and both minor fields within another two terms.
   Students must take a seminar course in each of their qualifying or colloquium fields.
   The student's advisory committee, in collaboration with the student, will establish the fields to be examined. The student's advisory committee, in collaboration with the candidate, will select either the comprehensive or the colloquium mode of examination, determine the scheduling of the examinations or colloquium, and approve the thesis proposal submitted by the student before the student proceeds to the examination. The comprehensive modeinvolves one historiographical essay and one written examination in each field and an oral examination covering the three fields. The colloquium mode requires two essays, one of which must be historiographical, to be written in each field. Following the completion of field preparations to the satisfaction of the advisory committee, the candidate in the colloquium mode presents an independent research paper on a topic approved by the advisory committee. For both modes, the examining committee will be composed of the thesis adviser, the field advisers, an additional member of the graduate faculty, and the director or designate as chair.
   The PhD fields and the oral qualifying examination must be completed by the end of the fifth term/semester. The colloquium must be completed by the end of the sixth term/semester. No extensions will be permitted, except in cases where approval has been given by the co-ordinating committee. Continuation in the program after the qualifying exam or colloquium requires at least a B+' average, based on all courses taken in the program to that point and their proportionate weighting.
   Following successful completion of the colloquium or qualifying examination, the student must complete, under the supervision of a Tri-University Doctoral Program in History faculty member, an original research project on an advanced topic. A thesis embodying the results of that research must be presented and defended before an examining committee.
   The Tri-University Doctoral Program limits thesis supervision to eleven fields of study - Canadian history; British history; Scottish history; early modern European history; modern European history; United States history; the history of women, gender and family; the history of science, medicine and technology (19th and 20th century only); the history of race, slavery and imperialism; international history; and community studies (including rural and urban history).

4907000 Doctoral Seminar (0.0)
This seminar will meet regularly every semester to discuss research problems and issues of professional interest.
4907010 Qualifying Examination (1.0)
This oral examination is designed to assess 1) the student's knowledge of the subject matter and ability to integrate the material read and 2) the student's ability and promise in research.
4907020 Colloquium (1.0)
This public presentation of the student's research in the major field is assessed on the basis of 1) the student's knowledge of the subject matter and ability to integrate the material read and 2) the student's ability and promise in research.
4907030 Language Requirement (0)
A written demonstration of the student's knowledge of written French (or other appropriate second language).
4907040 Major Field (1.0)
4907050 First Minor Field (0.5)
4907060 Second Minor Field (0.5)

   The following courses are designed to study the central issues, ideas and historiography of the designated major field, within certain geographical and temporal limits. All seminar courses extend over two semesters. Students must register for the courses in each semester.
4907100 Canadian History Major Seminar (1.0)
4907110 British History Major Seminar (1.0)
4907120 Scottish History Major Seminar (1.0)
4907130 Community Studies Major Seminar (1.0)
4907140 Early Modern European History Major Seminar (1.0)
4907150 Modern European History Major Seminar (1.0)
4907160 Gender, Women and Family Major Seminar (1.0)
4907170 Race, Slavery, and Imperialism Major Seminar (1.0)
4907180 United States History Major Seminar (1.0)
4907600 Canadian History Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907610 British History Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907620 Scottish History Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907630 Community Studies Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907640 Early Modern European History Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907650 Modern European History Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907660 Gender, Women and Family Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907670 Race, Slavery, and Imperialism Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907680 United States History Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907690 International History Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907700 Science, Medicine and Technology Minor Seminar (0.5)
4907710 Other Minor Seminar (0.5)

4907990 PhD Thesis (2.0)

The requirements for an MA student taking a 7000-level course are substantially different from those for a PhD student. Therefore a PhD student who has previously taken any of these 7000-level courses may, with the permission of the department, repeat any of those 7000-level for credit in the Tri-University Doctoral Program.

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