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Graduate Program Overview

The Department of History at the University of Oklahoma offers premier programs in History of the American West, Native American History, Latin American History, and Environmental History. Our faculty are leaders: They publish books and articles that help define their fields. They serve as officers in professional organizations. And they offer close, one-to-one mentoring to students working toward both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Our graduate students benefit from special fellowships, travel and research support, innovative lecture series, and a dynamic sense of purpose. They have garnered an impressive range of nationally and internationally competitive research fellowships and pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. Our program also boasts an excellent placement record: Our graduates have built successful careers as tenure-track professors at research universities and liberal arts colleges; public historians; and scholarly editors.

We offer our students unparalleled research resources. The University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Library has over 2.5 million books, more than 1.6 million government publications, over 3 million pieces of microform, and subscribes to 16,000 journals. The University is also home to the Western History Collections, one of the most important facilities in the world for the study of Native American, Western American, and Environmental History. It contains 65,000 books, 10,000 cubic feet of manuscripts, and nearly 2 million photographic images. The manuscript collection of the Carl Albert Center houses the papers of many public figures important to the American West. The Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of the Art of the American West provides access to an extensive collection of books, manuscripts, theses and dissertations, periodicals and journals, artist files, and slides on western American and Native American art. The Sam Noble Natural History Museum, one of the nation’s largest connected to either a public or private university, offers rich research opportunities for those interested in studying Native American, Western American, and environmental history. Finally, the Oklahoma Historical Society, in Oklahoma City, offers access to thousands of documents.

Deadline for application is December 1.