History

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

History

​MA and​PhD
Fields by Chronolo​​gy or Geography:​
African History
A​merican History
Atlantic World History
British and Irish History
Canadian History
East Asian History
European History
Latin Am​erican and Caribbean History
Medieval History
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern History
Russian History
South Asian History
So​utheast Asian History
​​​Fields by Theme:
​Cultural and Intellectual History
Food History
History of Conflict, Violence, and Genocide
History of Economy, Technology, and Society
History of Empire, Colonialism, and Indigeneity
History of Gender,​ Sex, and Sexualities
History of Medicine
History of Migration/Diaspora
History of Religion and Society
History​ of State, Politics​, and Law
International Relations
Social History

Collaborative Programs

The following collaborative programs are available to students in ​participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Asia-Pacific Studies
    • History, MA
  2. Book History and Print Culture
    • History, MA, PhD
  3. Diaspora and Transnational Studies
    • History, MA, PhD
  4. Editing Medieval Texts
    • History, PhD
  5. Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
    • History, MA, PhD
  6. Jewish Studies
    • History, MA, PhD
  7. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • History, MA, PhD
  8. South Asian Studies
    • History, MA, PhD
  9. Women and Gender Studies
    • History, MA, PhD

Overview

The Department of History offers a broadly diversified program of graduate studies leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. There are opportunities to study and research several geographic, chronological, and thematic areas of history. Visit the departmental website for descriptions of specific fields.

The University of Toronto also offers rich resources outside the department to support the study of history. The Robarts Research Library, unrivalled in Canada and among the leading university libraries in North America, provides a foundation for a wide range of study. Specialized collections are located elsewhere in the University including in a number of centres and research institutes. The Centre f​or Medieval Studies and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies have particularly strong resources for European and British medieval history. The Munk School of Global Affairs; the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies; the Institute for Urban and Community Studies; as well as the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies afford additional opportunities for interdepartmental work. The department participates in a number of interdisciplinary collaborative programs.

Contact and Address

Web: www.history.utoronto.ca
Email: histgrad@chass.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3369
Fax: 416-978-6647

Department of History
University of Toronto
Sidney Smith Hall
Room 2074, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3
Canada

Degree Programs

History

Master of Arts​

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of History's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • The closing date for applications to the MA program is January 15. Later applications will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with at least a B+ standing.

  • Successful completion of at least 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in history. Applicants without adequate history training may be required to complete an appropriate number of undergraduate history courses before being considered for admission. In rare cases, an applicant may be admitted to the MA program but will be required to do one or two courses in addition to the MA program requirements.

  • In addition to the School of Graduate Studies online application form, applicants must submit an information form, three letters of recommendation, a 500-word specific research proposal outlining a precise field and area of historical investigation, and a writing sample of no more than 3,000 words.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction was not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with scores of at least:

    • ​​​paper-based TOEFL exam: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL exam: 100/120 with 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

  • Students usually complete the MA by coursework and the HIS 2000Y paper. Some students may elect to complete the MA by coursework and thesis.

  • After consulting with the Graduate Coordinator, all MA students are required to take either HIS 1997H or HIS 1201H.

  • Students must achieve at least an overall B average in their courses to maintain standing.

  • Students must also pass the required reading examination in a language other than English.

  • The MA may be undertaken on a part-time basis.

Coursework and Paper
  • 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs)—of which 0.5 must be either HIS 1997H or HIS 1201H—including the MA essay which is worth 1.0 FCEs. Normally, up to 1.0 FCE may be taken outside the Department of History with the approval of the Associate Chair, Graduate.

  • Full-time MA students are expected to complete all degree requirements within 12 months of entering the program.

Coursework and Thesis
  • 2.0 FCEs—of which 0.5 must be either HIS 1997H or HIS 1201H—and present an MA thesis.

  • The thesis MA might take longer than the course MA. The thesis must be presented within three years of entering the program (six years for the part-time MA).

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time


​Doctor of Philosophy​

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of History's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • The closing date for applications to the PhD program is January 15. Later applications will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes:

    • ​​​Normally, with an MA degree in history or its equivalent with an A- average or better.

    • Exceptional students may be admitted by direct entry to the PhD program from the BA with an A- average or better.

  • Applicants must satisfy the department of their ability to do independent research at an advanced level.

  • In addition to the School of Graduate Studies online application form, applicants must submit an information form, three letters of recommendation, a 500-word specific research proposal outlining a precise field and area of historical investigation, and a writing sample of no more than 6,000 words.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction was not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with scores of at least:

    • ​​​​paper-based TOEFL exam: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL exam: 100/120 with 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

Program Requirements

Coursework
  • With MA degree in history: 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with a B+ average throughout coursework.

  • By direct entry: 4.5 FCEs, 0.5 of which must be either HIS 1997H or HIS 1201H. Students must maintain an A- average in their first 2.0 FCEs in order to continue in the program.

  • Residence requirement: PhD students are required to be in residence until they have passed their field examinations but no longer than a period of two years. Students must be in such geographical proximity as to be able to visit the campus regularly and participate fully in the University's activities associated with the program.

  • Comprehensive examinations: At the beginning of their programs, students consult with the Associate Chair, Graduate to determine their fields, and students will be assigned advisors. Two options are available: two majors or two minors. Major fields should coincide with the subject area(s) that the student has chosen for the thesis. Minors should be in different areas. The comprehensive field examinations consist of a written examination in each field and a common oral examination covering all fields. Students are required to take their field examinations by the spring of Year 2, but they are strongly advised to take them as soon as possible after the completion of their coursework. Examinations are held in January and April. Examinations cannot be postponed beyond the spring of Year 2 without permission of the Associate Chair, Graduate. The department's website lists the fields offered.

  • Language requirements: L​anguage requirements vary with the student’s major area of study. If not already so qualified, a student must qualify in one language other than English by the beginning of Year 2 and may be asked to qualify in other program-related languages. All language requirements are subject to the approval of the Associate Chair, Graduate​.

  • Thesis: When all of the above requirements are completed, the candidate will proceed to write the PhD thesis and defend it at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination. The thesis must be a piece of original scholarship, approximately 350 pages (90,000 words) in length, exclusive of notes and bibliography. Thesis preparation is guided by a committee consisting of the major supervisor and two other faculty members. The thesis must be presented within six years of first enrolment in the full-time PhD program (within seven years of first enrolment in the direct-entry PhD).

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years direct-entry


Course List

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department's list of current course offerings.

​​HIS 1001H​​ Topics in His​tory
HIS 1004H​​History and Biopolitics
HIS 1006HHistoriography From Below: Comparative and Critical Perspectives
HIS 1007H Theories, Histories, Imaginaries: Themes in Technoscience
HIS 1009HEmpire and Governmentality: Economy, Culture, and Liberal Governance
HIS 1016HHistorical Readings in Gender and Sexuality
HIS 1020HCultural Theory/Cultural History
HIS 1023HTranslation, Time, History
HIS 1031H Images as History: Photography, Historical Method, and Conceptualizing Visuality
HIS 1037HPopulism in American Film and Media
HIS 1101H Race and Gender in the Northern Colonies of North America
HIS 1104HNatives and Empires: Colonial History of the Americas, 1492–1800
HIS 1105HColonial North America, 1600–1783
HIS 1106HTopics in Canadian Social History
HIS 1107HReligion, Culture, and Society in Canada (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1109HReadings in Canadian History
HIS 1111HTopics in North American Environmental History (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1112HCanada in Comparative Contexts, Gender, Labour, Migration
HIS 1113HPolitics and Society in North American History
HIS 1115H The World Car
HIS 1116H Canada: Foundations to 1867
HIS 1117HCanada: Colonialism/Postcolonialism
HIS 1118H Canada By Treaty: Alliances, Title Transfers, and Land Claims
HIS 1128HCanada and Transnational History
HIS 1142YCanadian Foreign Relations, 1940–2003 (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1168HHistory of the Sex Trade in Canadian and Comparative Contexts
HIS 1200HReadings in European Intellectual History
HIS 1201HThe Materials of Medieval History (Credit/No Credit)
HIS 1213HMedieval Institutes of Perfection (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1215HSocial Change in Medieval England, 1154–1279
HIS 1221HTopics in Early Modern European Social History
HIS 1222HRitual in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
HIS 1223HHumanism and the Renaissance
HIS 1230HThe Sexes in the Western World, 1450–1650
HIS 1231HTopics in French History
HIS 1232HEuropean Colonialism, 1870–1970: A Comparative History
HIS 1233HColonial Urbanism in the Mediterranean World, 1800–1950
HIS 1234HReadings in Early Modern French History
HIS 1236HFrench Colonial History: 1830–1962
HIS 1237HFrance: 1870–1968
HIS 1245HGender, Men, and Women in Europe 1500–1900
HIS 1247HIdeas of Race in Europe and the Atlantic World
HIS 1264HJewish Identity
HIS 1265HAtrocities and Memory in Postwar Europe and North America
HIS 1268HThe Holocaust and World War II
HIS 1269HThe Social History of Medicine in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1270HHistory of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1271HModern Political Trials
HIS 1272HTopics in Twentieth-Century European History
HIS 1275HImperial Germany, 1871–1918
HIS 1276HNa​tions and Nationalism in Global Perspective
HIS 1279HWorld War II in East Central Europe (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1281HHistory of Real Socialism
HIS 1282HTotalitarian Culture
HIS 1283HCrusades, Conversion, and Colonization in the Medieval Baltic (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1286HCategories of Imperial Russian Social History
HIS 1287HPolish Jews Since the Partitions of Poland (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1289HThe Cold War Through Its Archives
HIS 1290HTopics in Imperial Russian History
HIS 1293YKievan Rus' (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1296HStalinism and After: Beyond Cold War History
HIS 1297HNational Survival in Eastern Europe
HIS 1300HEmpires and Nation-States in the Balkans Since 1800
HIS 1301HHistory of Food and Drink
HIS 1411HTheory and Practice in Early Modern British History
HIS 1419HScience and Society in Britain, 1600–1800
HIS 1435HStudies in Victorian Society
HIS 1440HIrish Nationalism in Canada, 1858–1870 ​(joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1510HReadings in American History to 1877
​​HIS 1511HHistory and Present-Day Policy Analysis
HIS 1531HAmerican Political History Since 1877
HIS 1532HAmerican Foreign Policy in the Cold War
HIS 1533HGender and International Relations (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS 1538HReading in U.S. History
HIS 1539HFilm Comedy and Popular Culture
HIS 1541HCultural History and the American Empire
HIS 1543HTopics in Material Culture
HIS 1544HThe History of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the United States, 1945–Present
HIS 1552HHistorical Perspectives on Gender and Migration, 1500​–​2010
HIS 1555HGender and Slavery in the Atlantic World, Seventeenth​ to Nineteenth Century
HIS 1615HResearch Methods in Japanese Historical and Cultural Studies​
HIS 1620HAsian Diasporas
HIS 1662HRethinking Modernity Through Japan
HIS 1664HReligion and Society in Southeast Asia
HIS 1667HTransnational Gender Histories
​​HIS 1673HCritical Historiography of Late Imperial and Modern China
HIS 1674HChina in Global History
HIS 1675HImperial Circulation and Diasporic Flows in the British Empire
HIS 1677HEmpire and Nation in Modern East Asia
HIS 1678HWar and Memory in Twentieth-Century East Asia
HIS 1679HGenealogies of Regionalism and Globalization in East Asia
HIS 1680HGender, Culture, and the Political in Modern China
HIS 1707HTopics in African History
HIS 1708HLabour in the Age of Imperialism
HIS 1709HConversion and Christianities in the Early Modern Spanish World (joint graduate/undergraduate)
​​HIS 1720HEmancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery? Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonization
HIS 1784HThe Islamic Revolution
HIS 1785HInternational Relations in the Middle East
HIS 1800HGlobal Histories of the Archives
HIS 1810HIndigenous Economies and Im​perialism
HIS 1820HLaw, Space, and History
HIS 1830HCritical Approaches to Historical Anthropology
HIS 1840H​​Empires in World War II
HIS 1850HQueer Archives and LGBTQ History
HIS 1870HHistory on Film/Film on History
HIS 1880HDigital History
HIS 1997HThe Practice of History (Credit/No Credit)
HIS 1998H,YReading Course
HIS 1999H,YReading Course
HIS 2000Y0Directed Research
JBP 2230HTopics in International Politics
JHP 1289YTwentieth-Century Ukraine (joint graduate/undergraduate)
JHP 1631HIntelligence and International Relations
JHP 2231HThe History and Philosophy of International Relations Thought​

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Courses in Other Departments Taught by History Faculty

COL 5027H M​emory, Trauma, and History
COL 5044HA Journey from Petersburg to Los Angeles
MST 1110HDiplomatics and Diplomatic Editing
​MST 3205HViolence in Medieval Society (joint graduate/undergraduate)
MST 3225YJews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (joint graduate/undergraduate)
​MST 3262​H ​Monastic Identities

Other Departments

Students may take courses from other departments for graduate history credit with permission of the Associate Chair, Graduate. Interested students should consult the appropriate calendar entries and departmental websites for current course offerings.


Graduate Faculty

Full Members​

Austin, Robert - BA, MA, PhD
Bartlett, Kenneth - BA, MA, PhD
Bender, Daniel Eric - BA, PhD
Bergen, Doris - MA, PhD
Birla, Ritu - BA, MPH, PhD
Bohaker, Heidi - BA, BEd, MA, DPhil
Bothwell, Robert - BA, AM, PhD
Brown, Elspeth - MA, PhD
Chen, Li - BA, MA, AM, JD, PhD
Chin, Carol - BA, MA, PhD
Cochelin, Isabelle - DipdESup, BA, MA, PhD
Cohen, Paul - AM, PhD
English, John - AM, PhD
Everett, Nicholas - BA, MA, PhD
Eyoh, Dickson - MA, PhD
Fernandez, Angela - LLB, BA, BCL, LLM, MA, SJD
Fujitani, Takashi - BA, MA, PhD
Gabaccia, Donna R. - BA, MA, PhD
Gervers, Michael - BA, MA, PhD
Gettler, Brian - BS, MA, PhD
Goering, Joseph - BA, MA, MSL, PhD
Greer, Allan - BA, MA, PhD
Hall, Bert - BA, PhD
Halpern, Eric (Rick) - PhD
Hanssen, Jens - BPhil, DPhil
Hawkins, Sean - MA, PhD
Hood, Adrienne - PhD
Iacovetta, Franca - AB, AM, PhD
Ingham, John - BA, MA, PhD
Jenkins, Jennifer - BA, MA, PhD
Jennings, Eric - BA, MA, PhD
Kasturi, Malavika - DPhil
Kawashima, Ken - BA, MA, PhD
Kazal, Russell - AB, MA, PhD
Keil, Charles - BA, MA, PhD
Kidd, Bruce - BA, AM, MA, PhD, OC
Kivimae, Juri - AM, PhD
Kwee, Hui Kian - BA, MA, PhD
Lahusen, Thomas - MA, PhD
Lam, Tong - BSc, MA, PhD
Lambek, Michael - BA, MA, PhD
Langins, Janis - BEng, MEng, MA, PhD
Loeb, Lori - BA, PhD
MacArthur, Julie - BA, MPH, PhD
MacDowell, Laurel - BA, MSc, PhD
MacMillan, Margaret - BPhil, DPhil
Magocsi, Paul - BA, MA, MA, PhD, FRSC
McGowan, Mark - BA, MA, PhD
Meyerson, Mark - BA, PhD
Mills, Kenneth - MA, PhD
Morgan, Cecilia Louise - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Mori, Jennifer - PhD
Murphy, Michelle - BA, PhD
Musisi, Nakanyike - PhD
Newton, Melanie - BA, PhD
Noel, Janet - BA, MA, PhD
Penfold, Steven - MA, PhD (Associate Chair, Graduate)
Penslar, Derek - BA, MA, PhD
Phillips, James - LLB, MA, PhD
Pilcher, Jeffrey - BA, MA, PhD
Pruessen, Ronald - BA, MA, PhD
Quayson, Ato - BA, PhD
Radforth, Ian - BA, MA, PhD
Raman, Bhavani - BA, MA, PhD
Retallack, James - BA, DPhil
Rockel, Stephen - AM, DPhil
Rothman, Ella Natalie - MA, DPhil
Sandwell, Ruth - BA, MA, PhD
Schmid, Andre - BA, MA, PhD
Sharma, Jayeeta - BA, MPH, MA, PhD
Shorter, Edward - BA, MA, PhD
Shternshis, Anna - MA, PhD
Silano, Giulio - BA, LLB, BEd, MA, PhD
Smith, Alison - AM, PhD
Smyth, Denis - BA, PhD
Su, Anna - LLM, SJD, JD
Terpstra, Nicholas - BA, MA, PhD (Graduate Chair)
Tran, Nhung - MA, PhD
Viola, Lynne - BA, MA, PhD
Virani, Shafique - PhD
Wark, Wesley - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Wilson, David - BA, MA, PhD
Wittmann, Rebecca - AB, MA, PhD
Wrobel, Piotr Jan - MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Abray, L Jane - BA, MA, MPH, PhD
Accinelli, Robert - BA, MA, PhD
Aster, Sidney - BA, MA, PhD
Beattie, John - BS, MA, PhD, FRSC, FRHistS
Berger, Carl - BA, MA, PhD
Berman, William - BA, MA, PhD
Blanchard, Peter - BA, PhD
Bliss, J Michael - BA, MA, PhD
Brown, Robert Craig - MA, PhD
Callahan, William - AB, MA, PhD
Cook, Ramsay - MA, PhD
Davis, Natalie - BA, MA, PhD
Dent, Julian - BA, MA, PhD
Dyck, Harvey - BA, MA, PhD
Estes, James - MA, PhD
Finlayson, Michael - BA, PhD
Goffart, Walter - AB, AM, PhD
Grendler, Paul - BA, MA, PhD
Israel, Milton - BS, MA, PhD
Johnson, Robert - BA, PhD
Klein, Martin - BS, MA, PhD
Kornberg, Jacques - BA, PhD
Levere, Trevor - BA, MA, DPhil
Lloyd, Trevor - BA, MA, DPhil
Marrus, Michael - BA, MA, LLM, PhD
Morton, Desmond - BA, MA, PhD
Murray, Alexander - BA, PhD
Nelson, Wendy - BS, MHSc
Raby, David - BA, PhD
Robertson, Ian - BA, MA, PhD
Robson, Ann - BA, MA, PhD
Rossos, Andrew - BA, MA, PhD
Rutherford, Paul - BA, MA, PhD
Todd, Barbara - BA, MA, DPhil
Van Kirk, Sylvia - BA, MA, PhD
Wagle, Narendra - BA, MA, PhD

Associate Members

Bertram, Laurie - MA, PhD
Blake, Art - BA, PhD
Haque, Eve - MA
Van Isschot, Luis - MA, PhD​