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Graduate Training

U-M History prioritizes academic excellence, encourages a team-based approach to graduate training, and maintains a strong commitment to pedagogy. Our career diversity initiative adapts U-M History’s pedagogical skills training model to help students develop expertise that will be valuable in any career context.

Traditional doctoral training in history has long been organized around research as a solo endeavor. While individual research, personal visits to the archive, and singular primary source analysis will always be a core part of historical methodology, many historians have increasingly turned to team-based research efforts. Both inside and outside the academy, historians work in interdisciplinary spaces, partnering with experts from other fields in collaborative enterprises in public policy, think tanks, and non-profits. Moreover, to meet the increasing demand for historical scholarship, historians must practice communicating to new and often public audiences. Our curriculum reflects a growing capacity to train PhDs for success in collaborative enterprises and publicly engaged research.    

Graduate students can pursue career diversity training in the History 717 seminar and other seminars with career diversified assignments.