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  • Feds Report Rising Undergraduates and Declining PhDs in History Added July 23, 2014

    The number of students receiving bachelor’s degrees in history reached the highest level in almost 35 years in 2006–07, even as the number of new history PhDs conferred fell to its lowest level in more than 10 years. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 34,446 bachelor’s degrees were conferred that year—3.9 percent more than in the previous calendar year, and the largest number awarded since 1973–74. In comparison, the total number of undergraduate degr...

  • Challenges for History Doctoral Programs and Students: Rising Admissions and High Attrition Added July 23, 2014

    The number of students entering doctoral programs is rising, according to data submitted to the AHA in 2007 by history PhD programs. The data also indicate that after 10 years in the program, fewer than half of the students who started their doctoral studies in 1997–98 had received their degrees and nearly a third had dropped out altogether. The information was collected in summer 2007 from 164 U.S. and Canadian history programs (out of the 184 programs listed in our History Doctoral...

  • Discounted JPASS Access for AHA Members Added July 23, 2014

    The American Historical Association, in collaboration with JSTOR, is pleased to offer members a special, discounted fee for JPASS, a new JSTOR access plan for individuals. Members of the AHA can purchase a one-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50 percent discount off the listed rate. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads—not only to the American Historical Review  but to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR collect...

  • National History Day: Judge for Yourself Added July 23, 2014

    National History Day is more than a day. It is an academic competition designed to teach students at both the elementary and secondary levels to think critically about historical topics related to a theme, and to conduct primary and secondary research. Students are grouped as either juniors or seniors and those who make it past the local and state levels then get to compete in the national finals, which are held over five days on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park. This y...

  • History under the Hammer Added July 23, 2014

    A majority of history departments across the country are suffering from budget cuts this year, but not all are suffering equally. An AHA survey of department chairs last October found that departments at many (if not most) public institutions are suffering from deep and painful cuts to their budgets, while departments at private institutions were getting by relatively unscathed. The survey was sent to 696 department chairs in programs listed in the AHA’s Directory of History Department...

  • National History Day Added July 23, 2014

    This year's National History Day centered on the theme "Conflict and Compromise in History." The nationwide contest, in which more than 500,000 students participate in each year, culminated at the University of Maryland from Sunday, June 15 through Thursday, June 19, 2008. Students who had made it past the local and state levels competed in the finals at UMD in the categories of paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, and web site (a new category this year). Once the scores had been tallied, ...

  • Disagreement, Debate, Discussion Added July 23, 2014

    This is the theme of the AHA's 2014 annual meeting. We intend this conference, in Washington, DC, to offer a model of civil and constructive "disagreement and debate." Without the disagreement—and without the civility—teaching and scholarship would be severely impoverished. As the AHA's Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct puts it: Historians celebrate intellectual communities governed by mutual respect and constructive criticism . The preeminent value of such communi...