Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Choosing a Dissertation Topic in the Humanities


Graduate & Professional Students

Event Time 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location of Event: 

Poorvu Center, 301 York street, Room 121

Event Description 

Are you unsure of what to write about, or even how to find a close focus for your topic? Are you wondering how to frame your project? Are you trying to work on an interdisciplinary topic that crosses traditional boundaries? Choosing a dissertation topic in the humanities can be a stressful process, as you ponder numerous issues within your field and try to anticipate all possible factors affecting your future career in academia. Learn about what makes a good topic and how to find it. There will be a Q&A at the end and you will hear from a panel of advance-stage Yale PhD candidates representing various humanities departments about their experiences with choosing, and sticking with (or not), their initial topics. We’ll leave plenty of time for questions, so come prepared!

Intended Audience: GSAS PhD and Masters students in the Humanities