College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

MA History 96G

The Master of Arts degree in History (96G) is a 30-credit hour program. Students can elect either the thesis or non-thesis option to complete their degree.

96G History Thesis Option

A minimum of 18 of the required 30 credit hours must consist of 6000 level coursework including 6 hours of thesis research (HIST 6299). Students choosing this option will complete a thesis based on primary source research.  Depending on the research topic, competency in a second language may be required by the Faculty Thesis Committee.

Required Coursework: 18 hours

  • HIST 6030 Seminar in History (3 hours)
  • HIST 6050 Historical Methods (3 hours)
  • HIST 6288 Seminar: Topics in World Historiography (3 hours)
  • HIST 6289 Seminar: United States Historiography (3 hours)
  • HIST 6299 Research (6 hours) In their second year, students take 3 hours of research (HIST 6299) in the Fall semester and 3 hours of research (HIST 6299) in the Spring semester to complete their thesis.

Elective Coursework: 12 hours

Students can take four additional courses at the 5000 or 6000 level. Students may also consider taking one course (3 hours) outside of the field of History. 

96G History Non-Thesis Option

A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credit hours must consist of 6000 level coursework. Students also write a research paper and must pass a written comprehensive examination in the primary field and an oral comprehensive examination in both the primary and secondary field.

Required Coursework: 15 hours

  • HIST 6030 Seminar in History (3 hours)
  • HIST 6050 Historical Methods (3 hours)
  • HIST 6288 Seminar: Topics in World Historiography (3 hours)
  • HIST 6289 Seminar: United States Historiography (3 hours)
  • Additional HIST 6000-level course (3 hours)

Elective Coursework: 15 hours

Students can take five additional courses at the 5000 or 6000 level. These courses should be selected carefully with consideration for how their subject matter prepares students for examination in a primary and secondary field of study. Students may also consider taking one course (3 hours) outside of the field of History.

Fields of Study

Students must choose a primary and secondary field of study. One of these fields must be thematic.

Geographic Fields:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • United States History to 1877
  • United States History since 1877
  • Medieval European History
  • Modern European History 1300-1815
  • Modern European History since 1815
  • Middle East
  • Ancient History
  • Latin America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • China
  • India
  • Japan

Thematic Fields:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Cultural History
  • Economic History
  • Environmental History
  • Intellectual History
  • Military/Diplomatic History
  • Political History
  • Social History
  • Public History
  • Race/Ethnicity History
  • Urban History
  • Women's/Gender History
  • Religion