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History - Tri-University Doctoral Program in History

PhD Fields


Ken McLaughlin (324 St. Jerome's University, 519-884-4567, ext. 2380)
(E-mail: kmclaugh@watarts.uwaterloo.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
Geoffrey Hayes (109 HH, Ext. 5138)
(E-mail: ghayes@watarts.uwaterloo.ca )

Graduate officer - Guelph
Richard Reid (328 MacKinnon, Ext. 53202)
(E-mail: rreid@uoguelph.ca)

Graduate Faculty

(* indicates approved PhD advisers)

Donna T. Andrew*
BA CCNY, MSc London, PhD Toronto

Keith M. Cassidy
BA Loyola College, MA, PhD Toronto

P. Douglas McCalla
BA Queen's, MA Toronto, DPhil Oxford - Professor

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

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

Catharine A. Wilson*
BA Guelph, MA, PhD Queen's

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

Steven Streeter
BA Bates College, MA SUNY, MA California (Riverside), PhD Connecticut

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:

Gail Cuthbert Brandt*
BA Toronto, MA Carleton, PhD York

Keith D. Eagles
BA Waterloo, AM, PhD Harvard

John English*
BA Cambridge, MA, PhD Washington

Patrick J. Harrigan*
AB Detroit, MA, PhD Michigan

Geoff W. Hayes
BA, MA Laurier, PhD Western Ontario

Andrew Hunt
BA, PhD Utah

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 Cambridge, 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.

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 mode involves 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).

Admission Requirements
     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.


Course/(Credit Value) Term Course Description
Doctoral Seminar(0.0)
   This seminar will meet regularly every semester to discuss research problems and issues of professional interest.
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.
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.
Language Requirement (0)
   A written demonstration of the student's knowledge of written French (or other appropriate second language).
Major Field (1.0)
First Minor Field(0.5)
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.
HIST*7100 Canadian History Major Seminar (1.0)
HIST*7110 British History Major Seminar(1.0)
HIST*7120 Scottish History Major Seminar(1.0)
HIST*7130 Community Studies Major Seminar (1.0)
HIST*7140 Early Modern European History Major Seminar (1.0)
HIST*7150 Modern European History Major Seminar (1.0)
HIST*7160 Gender, Women and Family Major Seminar(1.0)
HIST*7170 Race, Slavery, and Imperialism Major Seminar (1.0)
HIST*7180 United States History Major Seminar (1.0)
HIST*7600 Canadian History Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7610 British History Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7620 Scottish History Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7630 Community Studies Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7640 Early Modern European History Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7650 Modern European History Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7660 Gender, Women and Family Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7670 Race, Slavery, and Imperialism Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7680 United States History Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7690 International History Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7700 Science, Medicine and Technology Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7710 Other Minor Seminar (0.5)
HIST*7990 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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