Requirements for the Combined Degree in Early Modern Studies

The new Combined PhD in Early Modern Studies will admit students who have completed at least one semester of their doctoral degree programs at Yale. Students will apply for admission to the Combined Degree in the spring of their first year and will officially join the program in Year 2 of their doctoral programs.

Graduate funding will be through the joint departments who will have already admitted such students in Year 1.

The primary goal of the combined degree is to bring together students and faculty working across disciplines in the broad historical period that extends from 1350-1800 to share methodological, theoretical and historiographic frameworks, rather than to train students in a fixed scholarly corpus.

Total Number of Courses

The total number of courses for the Combined Degree will remain the SAME as that of the home department’s PhD. However, in addition to the three early modern electives and one required EMSTcourse that will also count as part of their home department’s coursework, students will also need to take an additional half-credit “ Early Modern Colloquium” course in both semesters of Year 2 (which is their first year in the combined degree program). After completing coursework, students in the joint program will be required to also participate in a prospectus workshop.