History : Program Requirements
All PhD candidates must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language acceptable to the department in order to qualify for graduation. This will normally be a language relevant to the student's research interests. Students may satisfy this requirement by passing, with a minimum grade of C in each course, 3.0 units of language courses at the 200-level or higher (FRAN 180 is also acceptable), or by passing a translation examination administered by the Department of History.
Not all of the History graduate courses listed in the calendar will be offered in a particular year. All courses are variable content. With department permission, HSTR 501 to 591 may be taken more than once. Students should consult the department concerning specific content of the courses offered in any given year.
The History department offers both Thesis-based MA and Project-based Options in the MA in History. In both options, students must take HSTR 500 (Historiography) and 4.5 units of graduate History courses including at least 1.5 units in a topical field (usually HSTR 510 to 526) and 1.5 units in a geographical field (usually HSTR 501A to 509A). Some courses may be counted as either geographical or topical fields. Please see uvic.ca/history for details or contact the Graduate Adviser. In both programs, at least one course must be outside the area of specialization.
Students will also complete a major research paper. This paper will normally be based on primary research and may emerge from a paper written for a graduate course other than HSTR 550. The major research paper must be 40-45 typed pages and will be written in the form of a journal article. It will be graded by the supervisor and an additional faculty member. This second reader will be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. This paper will not be subject to oral defense.
Students are required to take HSTR 500, HSTR 515A, 3.0 units of graduate History courses (normally HSTR 501A-528, HSTR 590, HSTR 591), and 3.0 units of AHVS 480 series courses in Cultural Heritage Management (AHVS 486A-489L). The 3.0 units of graduate History courses may include only 1.5 units of field school courses. The department will accept GMST 589 in lieu of 1.5 units of graduate History courses. Students are also required to complete a final project (HSTR 597) and a work-experience component.
In certain cases, because of student background or course availability, one or more of the above courses (except HSTR 500, HSTR 515A and HSTR 597) may be replaced by a different course with approval of the Graduate Adviser. This may include a language course, a relevant graduate course in History or another department, or a 400-level course in Cultural Resource Management. At least 12 units must be at the graduate level.
The doctoral degree requires 9.0 units of graduate courses, three comprehensive examinations that together make up the candidacy examination (HSTR 693) and completion of a dissertation (HSTR 699). Students registered full-time in the PhD program will normally complete all coursework and the three comprehensive examinations during the first two years of study and complete the research and writing of the dissertation in the following two or three years.
Students are required to take HSTR 500 if they have not completed an equivalent course at the MA level, HSTR 600 (Historiography for Dissertation) with their supervisor and three other 600-level (HSTR 601-691) field courses.
Major and minor comprehensive examination fields may be defined either topically or geographically. In order to constitute a major comprehensive field, normally students choose a course from the regular list of field courses (HSTR 601-691) and supplement it with HSTR 600. Alternatively, students combine two linked 600 -level field courses (e.g. pre- and post -1900 Canadian History, 603A and 603B) into a major comprehensive field and link HSTR 600 to a minor comprehensive field. The two courses that compose the major field will be examined together, with a single comprehensive exam following completion of the second of the two courses. With the approval of the graduate adviser, students may also take one field course in another department or from another university.
Students will normally pass all three comprehensive examinations within 24 months of registration. In doing so, students will have satisfied the candidacy examination requirement (HSTR 693). A student who fails only one comprehensive exam will be allowed to rewrite that exam a single time within three months of the original exam date. A second failure of one comprehensive examination or the failure of more than one comprehensive examination will normally result in withdrawal from the PhD program. Students must satisfy the candidacy examination requirement before advancing to the dissertation proposal (HSTR 695).
Students are required to present their dissertation proposal to the supervisory committee at a meeting chaired by the graduate adviser. This process will normally occur during the spring term of a student's second year in the program. The proposal is graded on a pass/fail basis and entered as the student's grade for HSTR 695. Students are allowed one further attempt within three months of the original dissertation meeting should they fail the process on the first try. A second failure will normally result in withdrawal from the PhD program. Students must pass the dissertation proposal before registering in the dissertation (HSTR 699). With permission of the graduate adviser, students who have satisfied normal program requirements may be allowed to present their dissertation proposal before the spring of their second year.
Students applying to the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) concentration-an interdisciplinary graduate concentration open to selected MA and PhD students in Anthropology, English, Environmental Studies, Germanic Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology-must meet the admission requirements for the MA or PhD program. Applicants must apply online, choosing the Concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) option for History. If approved by the department, the application will be reviewed by the CSPT Admissions Committee. For full information about the program see www.uvic.ca/interdisciplinary/cspt/. Students must meet the core graduating requirements of History as well as specific requirements of the CSPT Program. See also the entry for Concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) . The Graduate Adviser in History should be consulted for details.