New Ph.D. Program Ranked 80th by U.S. News

Posted: June 14, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

George Mason’s new Ph.D. program in History hasn’t even begun, and U.S. News and World Report has already ranked it 80th in the nation. The magazine ranks schools and programs based on expert opinion regarding program quality and statistics regarding the school’s faculty, research, and student performance.

“The quality of our faculty, which includes five members who have won Guggenheim awards and one who was granted a MacArthur Fellowship, probably contributed to the early ranking,” says Jack Censer, chair of the Department of History and Art History.

The Ph.D. program will offer concentrations in American history, European history, and comparative world history, with minor fields in public history, constitutional studies, and new media and information technology. Depending on their career goals and interests, students can focus the degree on college and university teaching, new media and information technology, public and applied history, or professional development.

This “doctorate with a difference,” says Rosemarie Zagarri, professor of History, “is not meant to contribute to the glut of Ph.D.s in history already out there. Students will develop a basic competency in designing web sites and using HTML, so that they can find niches in the job market at historic sites.” The Center for History and New Media, which has gained an international reputation for innovatively applying new technology to the study, preservation, and teaching of history, will support the Ph.D. program.

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