The Lyon G. Tyler Department's Graduate Program in History offers students a unique opportunity to pursue Master's degrees in Early American, U.S., and Comparative History and Doctoral Degrees in Early American and U.S. History. Its moderate size, prize-winning faculty, and distinctive history helps the Department create an innovative learning environment that fosters close interaction among students and teachers. The Program prides itself on its commitment to preparing broadly trained faculty who are leaders in their fields of specialty. It prepares students to be teachers, scholars, and writing instructors, while also offering training for careers as editors and historical archaeologists, and as public history professionals in historical societies, libraries and museums. The Program's excellent placement record is testament to its success.
Graduate students also benefit from the Department's close association with the American Studies Program, the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, the National Institute for Early American History and Democracy, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Center for Archaeological Research, among many other local historical institutions of national importance.
The program usually enrolls just fifteen new Master's students and six doctoral students each year, which allows the faculty to devote time to each student. Talented students with a wide range of interests come from all over the United States, and in recent years from Canada, Great Britain, the People's Republic of China.
The Department of History offers a unique opportunity for students in the master's and doctoral programs to obtain practical experience in a variety of career fields related to history by competitively awarding apprenticeships in the following area: Archives and Manuscript Collections, Editing of Historical Books and Manuscripts, Historical Archaeology, Humanities Computing, and Venacular Architecture. All doctoral students do a teacher training apprenticeship.
Please also see the faculty directory, the bios of current students, our placement page, the graduate regulations, and all the other information on this site. If you have questions, please feel free to contact James Whittenburg, the Director of Graduate Studies, at [[gradap]] or call 757-221-3724.