Saving a Doctoral Program

The February issue of Perspectives has a piece by Jonathan Rose about Drew University’s attempt to save their doctoral program in history after the university pronounced a “death sentence” on it.

In the end, after taking a hard look at their existing program, the Drew history faculty decided to create a new “history and culture” Ph.D. Rose lists nine points of emphasis in this new program:.

Small is beautiful
Small is innovative
End the exploitation of teaching assistants
Don’t let them take forever
Do away with examinations
Involve other departments
Serve other programs
Play only to your strengths
Train your students to be public intellectuals

And the graduates of this program even land jobs!