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HISTORY - WITH MASTER'S DEGREE DOCTORAL PROGRAM FOR HOLDERS OF MASTERS'S DEGREE (PHDHIST)

Students have to (a) take and pass a set of Qualifying Exams comprising both their research languages and their chosen subjects; (b) within the framework of the said PhD Thesis course, to propose, research and write a PhD thesis that satisfies universally accepted criteria for original work.

PhD students must write and present a research paper in a faculty seminar with the participation of thesis committee, faculty members and students before their thesis defense in order to meet the graduation requirement besides fulfilling other program requirements.

SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
PhD Dissertation 119 - 1
Required Courses 49 6 7
Core Electives I (Language Courses) - - -
Core Electives II (Sources and Methods Courses) 20 6 2
Core Electives III (Seminars) 30 9 3
Core Electives IV (Literature Surveys) 30 9 3
Area Electives 20 6 2
Total 268 36 18

 

PhD Dissertation

Students have to propose, research and write a PhD thesis that satisfies universally accepted criteria for original work.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HIST 699 PhD Thesis 119 0 FASS
 

Required Courses

The following courses are all required.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     GR 501S Academic Practices and Development 7 0 FASS
     GR 502S Academic Practices and Development 2 7 0 FASS
     GR 503S Academic Practices and Development 3 7 0 FASS
     GR 555S Academic Writing for Graduate Students 7 0 FASS
     HIST 511 Trends, Debates, Historians I 10 3 FASS
     HIST 512 Trends, Debates, Historians II 10 3 FASS
     HIST 600 PhD Pro-Seminar 1 0 FASS
 

Core Electives I (Language Courses)

Although language courses are not required, PhD students intending to specialize in Ottoman History are strongly encouraged to register for language courses as early as possible. In calculating overall graduation requirements, language courses are counted as Area Electives. A maximum of 6 of the language courses listed below may be counted towards PhD level coursework, provided all other distributional requirements have been fully met. After the beginning level represented by TLL 501-502, all advanced Ottoman language training comes in the form of HIST-coded 600-level seminars.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     PERS 550 Advanced Persian I 10 3 SL
     PERS 560 Advanced Persian II 10 3 SL
     TLL 510 Basic Ottoman Turkish I 10 3 SL
     TLL 520 Basic Ottoman Turkish II 10 3 SL
     TLL 530 Intermediate Ottoman Turkish I 10 3 SL
     TLL 540 Intermediate Ottoman Turkish II 10 3 SL
 

Core Electives II (Sources and Methods Courses)

Students have to choose at least 2 courses from this pool. But for students who happen to have done a History MA at Sabanc University (and have therefore taken at least one Sources and Methods course in the process), the PhD requirement consists of only 1 additional course from the pool below. Any and all Sources and Methods courses taken and passed in excess of these minima may be counted towards completion of the student's Area Electives requirement. In addition to the courses listed below, certain specialized 500-coded courses occasionally offered by visiting professors or full-time staff may, by decision of the History Program Committee, be counted towards completion of the Sources and Methods requirement.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HIST 517 Introduction to Orientalism and Oriental Studies 10 3 FASS
     HIST 549 Sources and Methods for 19th and 20th Century Balkan History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 561 Sources and Methods for Ottoman History, 1450-1600 10 3 FASS
     HIST 572 Sources and Methods for 17th and 18th century Ottoman History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 581 Sources and Methods for 19th Century Ottoman History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 591 Sources and Methods for Early Republican History, 1920-1938 10 3 FASS
     HIST 592 Sources and Methods for Late Republican History, 1938-1950 10 3 FASS
 

Core Electives III (Seminars)

Students have to choose at least 3 courses from this pool. Any and all Research Seminars taken and passed in excess of this minimum may be counted towards completion of the student's Area Electives requirement.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HART 623 Art and Power 10 3 FASS
     HART 626 Ottoman Architectural Practices 10 3 FASS
     HIST 609 Ottoman Historians and Chroniclers 10 3 FASS
     HIST 611 Readings in Ottoman Material Culture 10 3 FASS
     HIST 613 Readings in Ottoman Legal Culture 10 3 FASS
     HIST 621 Royal Courts and Households 10 3 FASS
     HIST 622 Ceremonies in Courts and Capital Cities 10 3 FASS
     HIST 623 Revolutions in History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 625 Topics in Ottoman Cultural History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 637 Research in Popular and Applied History VII : Topics in Nationalist Conflict and the Breakup of Empire I 10 3 FASS
     HIST 638 Research in Popular and Applied History VIII : Topics in Nationalist Conflict and the Breakup of Empire II 10 3 FASS
     HIST 647 History of Political Ideas in the Balkans in the Modern Era (19th and 20th Centuries) 10 3 FASS
     HIST 650 The Eastern Question, 1768-1923 10 3 FASS
     HIST 652 The Patriarchate and the Monasteries in the Ottoman Empire 10 3 FASS
     HIST 653 Aspects of Ottoman Rule in the Bulgarian Lands in the Pre-Tanzimat Period 10 3 FASS
     HIST 664 Rebellion and Dissent in the Ottoman Empire 10 3 FASS
     HIST 669 Topics in the History of Ottoman Slavery 10 3 FASS
     HIST 671 The Making of Istanbul 10 3 FASS
     HIST 672 Seminar for Ottoman history 10 3 FASS
     HIST 681 Seminar for Late Ottoman history 10 3 FASS
     HIST 682 Politics and Society in Ottoman Cities, 16th -18th centuries 10 3 FASS
     HIST 689 Special Readings on National Memory I : Varieties of Early Turkish Nationalism 10 3 FASS
     HIST 690 Texts and Constructions of National Memory II : Reading the Republican Historians 10 3 FASS
     HIST 692 Modern Dictatorships, and the One-Party Period 10 3 FASS
     HIST 694 Turkish Political Thought 10 3 FASS
     HIST 695 Reform and the History of Ideas in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century 10 3 FASS
     HIST 696 The Tanzimat Process as a Transfer of Knowledge 10 3 FASS
     HIST 697 Late Ottoman and Modern Turkish Foreign Policy, 1870-1970 10 3 FASS
     LIT 524 Postcolonial Theory and Literatures 10 3 FASS
     LIT 692 Advanced Topics in Turkish Literature 10 3 FASS
 

Core Electives IV (Literature Surveys)

PhD students must take a minimum of 3 courses from this pool in preparation for taking their Qualifying Exams in one major and two minor fields. Any and all Literature Survey courses taken and passed in excess of this minimum may be counted towards completion of the students Area Electives requirement.


  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     HIST 702 Literature Survey: Historiography 10 3 FASS
     HIST 712 Literature Survey : the Middle Ages in Europe 10 3 FASS
     HIST 714 Literature Survey: The Early Modern Era 10 3 FASS
     HIST 715 Literature Survey: From the Age of Revolution 10 3 FASS
     HIST 742 Literature Survey: Modern Balkan History, 1800 to the Present 10 3 FASS
     HIST 751 Literature Survey : Central Asian and Turkic History 10 3 FASS
     HIST 762 Literature Survey : Ottoman History, 1300-1600 10 3 FASS
     HIST 771 Literature Survey : Ottoman History, 17th and 18th centuries 10 3 FASS
     HIST 781 Literature Survey : Ottoman-Turkish History, 1800-1918 10 3 FASS
     HIST 791 Literature Survey: Recent Turkish History, 1918 to the Present 10 3 FASS
     HIST 799 Literature Survey: Cultural History 10 3 FASS
 

Area Electives

Students have to choose (i) a minimum of 3 courses from this pool if they are taking just 1 Sources and Methods course, or (ii) a minimum of 2 courses from this pool if they are taking 2 Sources and Methods courses at the PhD level. While some or all of these Area Electives can be taken from among those listed below, they can also be taken from within the Core Electives I, II, III, IV pools as given above. In other words, (a) even if they are not separately listed below, all Core Electives I, II, III, IV taken above and beyond the indicated minimum requirements; and (b) even though they may not be listed anywhere within the boundaries of the History PhD Program, all courses included within the various sub-pools of the MA Programs in History, may also be counted towards the completion of the Area Electives requirement. An additional rule is the following: (c) Students are entitled to take at most 2 out of their 3 Area Electives from among other graduate course pools not overlapping with the overall course pool of the History programs.

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**Courses in more than one areas are listed in the area according to order of appearence in Summary of Degree Requirements list. That is, if a course is both area elective and core elective,then it is listed in core elective courses list.

***Undergraduate courses are not listed in graduate area requirements even if they are among them.

****Since graduation requirements may change dependent to the enrollment year to the University, we advise our students who enrolled at SU in previous years and still continue their education, to track their graduation requirements completion via Information System - Degree Evaluation.