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About Our Program

Welcome to Graduate Programs in History. SIU Carbondale offers a Masters of Arts in History, a Ph.D. in Historical Studies, and contributes to the cooperative SIU Carbondale-Edwardsville Ph.D. program.

Ours is a relatively small graduate program that allows students to develop close mentoring relationships with our faculty, whose historical interests include labor and business; urbanization, migration and the environment; colonialism and imperialism; women, family, gender and sexuality; and race and ethnicity.

SIU Carbondale has an excellent research library and is a member of the I-share system, as well as the Newberry Consortium, a group of universities with special privileges at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Our programs stress original research, and also provide excellent teacher-training to many of our students.

More information on the cooperative SIU Carbondale-Edwardsville Ph.D. program is available. Interested students can consult the graduate section of this website and/or contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ras Michael Brown.


Graduates of our Masters program have in recent years gone on to Ph.D. programs in History, American Studies, and Religious Studies at institutions including Florida State, Michigan, and Northern Arizona University. Terminal M.A. students have found employment at community colleges as well as other private and public sector research institutions.

Graduates of our Ph.D. program have found academic careers at the University of South Carolina, Lindenwood University, Middle Georgia College, Indiana University East, and Tennessee State University.