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Prospective Students

The Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Humanities is an innovative comparative humanistic program applying analytical and theoretical approaches to the study of societies and cultures in relation to power and difference through social practices and cultural expressions across time and space.

Program Overview

The Ph.D. program generally takes five or six years. In the first two years, students take courses to build their interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. In the third year, students prepare for qualifying exams, write a dissertation prospectus, and advance to candidacy; and then they write their dissertation.

All Ph.D. students must demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than modern English or a linguistics-based skill (such as computer programming, stats, or GIS) that is relevant to their proposed course of study.

The M.A. is a two or three year program; students take the same seminars as Ph.D. students, and finish their program with either a thesis or comprehensive exam.


Our goal is to support Ph.D. students throughout this process; we currently guarantee funding to admitted Ph.D. students for five years. Funding is through a combination of fellowships, graduate student researcher appointments, and teaching assistantships. More information on funding can be found at the Graduate Division website.

At this time we cannot offer funding to MA students.