- History 900 (Fall/Winter term) – Preparation for Preliminary Examinations
This course is taken with the chair of the prelim committee, usually in the major prelim field.
- Preliminary Examinations (Fall or Winter term)
(1) a written examination consisting of a historiography paper and teaching portfolio or a 4-hour written exam in the student’s major field; (2) an oral examination in three or four fields (many students course off one of the four fields)
- Second Language Requirement Fulfilled (non-Americanists only)
Non-Americanists must demonstrate proficiency in two languages prior to being advanced to candidacy. One of those languages is required for screening in the fourth term; the other language may be finished in the second or third year.
- Recommendation for Candidacy
Once all requirements for candidacy have been met, the department recommends the student to Rackham for advancement to candidacy: HIST 615, one additional 600-level history course, two seminars, two cognate courses, screening and prelims passed, language requirement fulfilled, minimum of 18 graduate credits completed in residence, minimum GPA of 6.75 on 9-point scale. (Students in joint programs might have additional requirements for candidacy.)