Graduate Program

The Department of History at Auburn offers a friendly, informal, yet stimulating environment for graduate studies. History faculty members are publishing scholars as well as award-winning teachers who go out of their way to encourage and assist students in their work. Our graduates have, as a result, been highly successful. Auburn has a strong record of job placement, and students have accepted job offers from an impressive range of academic institutions, archives, and public history organizations.

Our Students

Graduate students in history at Auburn University come from around the country to work with outstanding faculty in a range of fields. While the degree tracks and research topics vary by individual, Auburn prides itself on the collegial atmosphere among students and faculty as they share values of hard work, vigorous debate, inventive thinking, and rigorous scholarship. Graduates of our degree and certificate programs find employment at a range of schools and universities and in public history positions.

Our Faculty

Auburn has a strong tradition of graduate education and placement in several fields, most notably the History of the American South and the History of Technology. Faculty members have also gained national and international recognition for their work in American and European history more broadly, including African American history, the history of civil rights, the history of slavery, the history of the American Civil War, the history of religion, the history of transportation (including the history of aerospace and automobile technologies), the history of material culture, social and labor history, gender history, urban and spatial histories, and the history of Southeastern Native Americans. We particularly welcome applications to our Ph.D. program from students whose interests match our faculty strengths.

Guided by the belief that an understanding of the past enriches the lives of individuals and communities, members of our faculty are also active in the field of Public History. Students interested in public history, European and non-US histories, as well as secondary school teachers desiring to upgrade their certification, are particularly encouraged to apply to our M.A. program. Students concentrating on Public History are eligible to receive a Certificate in Public History in addition to their M.A. in History. These certificate programs are designed to give students a fundamental grounding in those fields and to directly prepare our graduates for employment in public history organizations. Students can work toward the Public History Certificate over the course of their M.A. or Ph.D. degrees.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2019