United States

Among the many strengths of the graduate concentration in US history are African-American history, the British Atlantic and social and cultural history. We also have strengths in women's and gender history and modern economic history. Like our colleagues in the other subject areas of the FIU History Department, we provide careful training for independent research and university-level teaching. We have worked with Teaching American History Masters Degree Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and are presently administering the Florida Teacher Quality Grant.

FIU's master's and doctoral programs in History both offer a concentration on American history. The master's degree provides a strong foundation for professional or further academic work, while the doctoral program's emphasis on the Atlantic world offers students interested in US history the opportunity to study US history and regions in depth, as well as to consider it from a transnational perspective.

Students concentrating on US History in the graduate program in History at FIU are trained by some of the most highly respected scholars in the nation. In the American concentration, students explore some of the most exciting developments in the field. Civil War biography, the politics of 19th-century taverns, the history of capitalism, race and group identities are among the topics currently being explored by Americanist faculty.


The Miami area provides a stimulating backdrop for historical study, from the "Miami Circle," attributed to Tequesta Indians, to the 2007 commissioning of the U.S.S. Gridley. The Wolfsonian Museum, with its collection of US holdings on decorative arts and propaganda, is a rich resource of 20th century US history from the New Deal to the ‘60s. Faculty have partnered with the Wolfsonian and the Frost Museum to showcase the University’s vast resources on labor history and material culture. The Green Library supports original research in a wide range of topics, with an ever-growing set of holdings including databases on the trans-Atlantic slave trade, as well as Florida and Miami history resources.