History PhD Program Ranked Nationally

Posted: April 12, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

U.S. News and World Report ranked George Mason’s PhD in History program 51st in the country, according to the newest edition of its graduate school rankings. The program jumped ahead some 30 spots from its last ranking in 2002.

In its fourth year, the PhD in History program is one of the youngest such programs ranked by U.S. News. “This gives us significant recognition,” says Jack Censer, History and Art History Department chair. “We just accepted our fifth class [into the PhD program], and to be ranked so high has really amazed me.”

Censer credits the size of the department, the excellent scholars and academics on the history faculty and administration, and the department’s excellence in new media for the outstanding ranking. “The contributions of every single person boost the department up,” says Censer. “We have been fortunate in getting some very famous and outstanding faculty, and our Center for History and New Media is the best of its kind in the country. In addition, we are ranked right alongside programs that have been in existence for more than 30 years, which have a lot of resources and great track records. We could not be more pleased.”

U.S. News rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to academics in the discipline in fall 2004.

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