Professor Joel Blecher has a discussion with students around a table.


In the master’s and doctoral programs, graduate students work closely with the History Department's internationally recognized faculty on research in a broad range of thematic and geographical specialties. Our scholars foster an environment that encourages critical thinking, writing and questioning, pushing students to connect the causes and consequences of historical events. Surrounded by the capital’s top research resources and institutes, graduate students prepare for careers or advanced study in research, politics, education, academia and more.

Graduate Virtual Open House



Graduate Virtual Open House: October 18–28

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Graduate Virtual Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team.

The History Department is hosting an information session for prospective graduate students on Wednesday, October 20 at 11 a.m. EDT. 


Graduate Programs





Applying History to the Real World

The American and North Korean flags.

Understanding North Korea

Benjamin R. Young, a Korean history PhD candidate and recent Fulbright scholar in Seoul, discusses the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea and how to avert a nuclear collision course.