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PhD in History: Creating Credentials

XCrunner1776XCrunner1776 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
Hi, I'm currently a first-year in the Honors Program of a fairly elite public university (Average ACT for my class is 30; 33 in Honors). I made a 4.0 in my first semester, and am on track to finish my AB in History a year early, or complete an AB/MA in four years. My goal is to earn a PhD in History (specializing in early America). I want to attend a program that is top 20(ish) in the nation, with top 10 schools as the dream. I am trying to build credentials for admission to a program, maybe even without the MA in hand.
I know research is huge for grad school, so I am trying to do a supervised research project in the fall. I am studying abroad over the summer. So far, every professor I have written a paper for has been very pleased with my writing, but I know there is always room for improvement. I really try to get to know professors, so I think I should have decent letters of rec. I plan to study for and take the GRE during this year. I know this is a long post, but what suggestions do you all have for me? What are they looking for? Thanks for reading and for your advice!

Replies to: PhD in History: Creating Credentials

  • mommyrocksmommyrocks Registered User Posts: 1,218 Senior Member
    It will be most informative if you look up the admissions websites for a variety of PhD programs in history and see what they look for in an applicant. Typically, you might see the following:
    - a focus area within history
    - reading ability in two foreign languages related to your focus area in history
    - a lengthy research paper/writing sample of about 20 pages using original sources
    - 3 recommendations from professors who have supervised your research projects


  • MandalorianMandalorian Registered User Posts: 1,649 Senior Member
    If you can get included on a publication before applying it will really give you a big leg up.
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