Graduate Program

Why Come to Berkeley?

  • The Berkeley doctoral program is presently ranked no. 1 in the nation, according to the most recent US News and World Report. We share this distinction with Princeton and Yale.
  • The department’s faculty has been honored with four MacArthur Foundation “Genius” awards, more than a dozen Guggenheim Fellowships, and a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award. The quality of our research has been recognized with myriad book prizes and our dedication to teaching and mentoring has also been honored with awards.
  • In addition to the main library and the Bancroft (our rare book and manuscript library), there are 11 specialized libraries on campus with more than two dozen special collections and over 10 million volumes. These resources are enhanced by borrowing privileges at Stanford’s libraries and by access to the holdings of the nine other University of California campuses. The Bancroft holds over 60 million manuscript items and has particular strengths in the history of western North America (including California, Mexico, and Central America), the history of science and technology, major European and American authors (especially the Beat Generation), and the largest collection of papyrus documents in the western hemisphere (the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri).
  • More than 60 ancient and modern languages are taught on the Berkeley campus, placing us among the top five universities in the country in terms of the breadth of our language offerings. If there is a language you need for your research, you can learn it here.
  • While pursuing a doctorate in history, you can also earn a concurrent PhD in Medieval Studies or a designated emphasis in areas such as Communication, Computation, and Statistics; Critical Theory; Dutch Studies; Film Studies; Folklore; Global Metropolitan Studies; New Media; Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
  • In 2012 and 2013, recent graduates of the program have received tenure-track jobs at schools including American University of Paris, Baruch College, Boston College, Brown University, College of Staten Island, Illinois State University, Mount Holyoke, New York University, Southern Illinois University, University of Colorado, University of Colorado - Denver, University of Connecticut, University of Kansas, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, University of San Francisco, Wellesley College, Western Washington University, University of Wisconsin - Superior, and, of course, right here at the University of California. A number of others have received prestigious postdoctoral fellowships such as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities.