Graduate Program in History

Several features distinguish the Kent State University graduate programs in history.  In addition to traditional work in history at the M.A. level, we also offer concentrations in Public History and History for Teachers, both of which provide opportunities for applied work.  In recent years, we our M.A. graduates have gone on to such top-flight doctoral institutions as Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Emory, William and Mary, Notre Dame, Purdue, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Carnegie-Mellon.  The doctoral program in history provides flexibility in course work and includes a transnational field that trains students in comparative thinking, thereby broadening their horizons not just for their own research but also for their teaching.  Doctoral students on appointment receive experience teaching their own classes, not just assisting a full-time faculty member, which gives them a leg up on the job market.  The Department’s multi-faceted Preparing Future History Faculty Program provides students with an introduction to professional matters, practical preparation for the job market, and one-on-one faculty mentoring.  Recent doctoral graduates have secured tenure-track academic positions at such institutions as Wheeling Jesuit University, Walsh University, Concordia University, Lakeland Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Thiel College, Mount Union College, and Hope College.  Both our M.A. and Ph.D. programs are small and focused, allowing students close faculty mentoring and the camaraderie that comes from a close-knit graduate student community.

Public Good

Kent State University’s graduate programs in history make numerous public contributions.  Our program graduates who are teachers, whether in K-12 institutions or the higher education system, help to present both historical content and disciplinary method to students.  Those who work in public history institutions, such as museums, libraries, and historic sites, help to present and interpret the past to a non-academic audience.  And those who have published their original research have advanced our knowledge of the past.

Spotlight on Alumni

Among our doctoral program’s outstanding alumni are three who hold endowed university professorships:

  • Donald M. McKale (1970), Clemson University, Class of ’41 Memorial Professor of the Humanities
  • Harry Stout (1974), Yale University, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History
  • Darlene Clark Hine (1975), Northwestern University, Board of Trustees Professor
More recent doctoral alumni of note include:
  • Catherine Rokicky (1996), professor of history, Cuyahoga Community College, Western Campus
  • Col. John R. Dabrowski (1996), director of academic engagement, Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College
  • W. Douglas McCombs (2004), curator of history, Albany Institute of History and Art

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