The William P. Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University offers an innovative Ph.D. program. The course of study explores American historical experiences in global and comparative perspectives, with special emphasis on advanced-level work in the Southwest, the West, Mexico, Borderlands, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, or another individualized specialization in a coherent field of study such as American Presidential or Colonial history, approved by the Graduate Committee. The program is thus built around three fields: a major field in general American history, a second in a specialization variously defined, and a third in global and comparative history.
The program is enhanced by several unique University resources, including the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, which promotes research in a variety of fields related to the American Southwest, and the DeGolyer Library, which is devoted to Western Americana, Texana, and the Spanish borderlands. In addition, the Meadows Museum houses perhaps the world’s finest collection of early modern Spanish art outside of Spain. For students with more interdisciplinary interests, the Bridwell Library provides a wealth of primary sources for the study of religious history; the Underwood Law Library supports the study of legal history, and the Center for Presidential History allows for research in the political affairs of the United States.
Specifically, the Ph.D. requirements are:
- Historiography (3 credits)
- American History (12 credits)
- Regional, Ethnic, or Other Specialization (18 credits)
- Global and Comparative History (12 credits)
- Research Paper Requirement
- Qualifying Examination
- Dissertation (3 credits)
- Teaching Preparation
*After completion of 33 hours of course work in good standing, doctoral students may apply for the Master's degree in history.