Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

Primary Areas of Study
  • European History
  • North American History
  • World History
Secondary Areas of Study
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. History
  • Twentieth Century U.S. History
  • African American History
  • Comparative World History
  • Cultural and Intellectual History
  • German Studies
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Military, Diplomatic, and International History
  • Modern Europe
  • North American West
  • Pre-modern Europe
  • Women's and Gender History
  • Nineteenth Century Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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Contacts for History

On the Web


Interim Graduate Chair

Dr. Ken Winkle


Graduate Secretary

Ms. Barb Bullington



Campus Address

612 Oldfather Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0327

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by History in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 575, Internet TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Letter of intent
  • Writing sample

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for History
Fall: December 1


The Department of History offers master's and doctoral degrees in three major fields: North America, Europe, and World. The objective of the graduate program is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching.

Carefully structured and individualized graduate programs in all fields afford maximum personal contact and consultation between graduate students and professors in seminars, directed individual readings, lecture courses, and supervised thesis research and writing. The faculty makes every effort to provide a creative environment to sustain a community of scholars and a substantial part of all graduate students' training is in small seminars. Students have several resources available to them including the archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Courses and More

Students in History are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Waskar Ari
Latin America; Indigenous Peoples; International Relations; Social; World
Patrice Berger
Modern France
Thomas Borstelmann
International Relations; U.S. 20th Century; World
Amy Burnett
Reformation; Renaissance; Early Modern Germany
David Cahan
History of Science; Modern Germany; European Intellectual
Parks Coble
China; East Asia
James Coltrain
Colonial America; Digital History; Atlantic World
Jessica Coope
Medieval Europe; Islam
Dawne Curry
Bedross Der Matossian
Modern Middle East
James Garza
Modern Mexico; Latin America; Borderlands; Chicano/a
Vanessa Gorman
Ancient Greece and Rome
Margaret Jacobs
Colonialism and Decolonization; Indigenous Peoples; Native American; North American West; Women
Katrina Jagodinsky
North American West; Legal; Women and Gender
Jeannette Jones
African American; U.S. Cultural and Intellectual; Pre-Colonial Africa
Patrick Jones
African American; U.S. 20th Century
James Le Sueur
Modern France; Colonialism and Decolonization; Islam
Carole Levin
Early Modern England; Women
Timothy Mahoney
U.S. 19th Century; Urban; Social
Victoria Smith
American Indian
Gerald Steinacher
Modern Germany; Holocaust
Will Thomas
Digital History; Civil War; U.S. South; U.S. 19th Century
Sean Trundle
Film and Media Studies
Ann Tschetter
19th Century American, Urban Disasters, Willa Cather
John Turner

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