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We train area specialists with a global perspective. Our students learn how to research, interpret and teach the histories and historiographies of particular places from comparative, cross-cultural, transnational and global approaches. To foster awareness of transregional and transcontinental connections, the department's specialists in five regional fields (U.S., Latin American, Asian, African, and European history) also work together in topical clusters and transnational groupings to offer advanced seminars, speaker series, and more.
While building regional expertise through seminars and directed studies, our students receive systematic transnational and transregional training through seminars. Students might choose to focus on one of them, or study several in conjunction. In either case, our graduates distinguish themselves as area specialists who understand the potentially global connections of all human interaction, and who are trained to think, research, and teach across regional boundaries.
The training students receive in our graduate program serves them well on a variety of career tracks (http://www.history.pitt.edu/alumni/directory). A number of our graduates find employment in university administration, in the field of public history and education outside the university, or work for the government and non-governmental organizations. Most, however, choose teaching careers at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The most desirable of such academic jobs are tenure-track positions at four-year colleges/universities (4YTT). And our graduates have been highly successful in securing such positions. According to data provided by the American Historical Association in 2018 (https://www.historians.org/wherehistorianswork), our 4YTT percentage is the 13th highest out of a total of 161 History graduate programs in the United States, thus placing us nationally in the top 8th percentile.
Our highly selective graduate program is known for the careful mentoring of students, a spirit of collaboration among faculty and students, an emphasis on graduate student self-governance and voice, and last but not least generous funding through a variety of teaching and research fellowships.
In response to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, graduate programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh are pausing admissions for fall 2021. This one-year intermission will enable us to devote our resources and attention to our continuing students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of the Dietrich School and the Department of History. While we do not pause admissions lightly, in these uncertain times we are committed to optimally supporting our current students’ success and wellbeing. If you seek to begin your graduate studies in the fall of 2021, we thank you for your understanding and wish you all the best in your endeavors. If you consider applying to our program for fall 2022, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Michel Gobat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Our program provides excellent opportunities for professional development, including seminars and workshops geared towards careers both inside and outside of academia. We take great pride in our graduates' wide range of successful professional trajectories, and also have an academic placement rate that ranks among the highest of comparable schools.
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